SSD with Data Caching
What is a solid-state drive (SSD)? What is SSD caching and how does it work? Discover the pros of hosting your sites on an SSD-powered server.
A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to store info. The SSDs are still fairly new and more expensive compared to classic hard disk drives (HDD), however they are considerably faster, so they are ordinarily used for Operating Systems and applications on both PCs and hosting servers. An SSD is preferred because it does not have spinning disks which restrict its speed and may cause overheating as it may happen with an HDD. A large number of companies employ SSDs for caching purposes, so all site content which is accessed more frequently will be held on this type of drives, while all the other content will be located on ordinary HDDs. The main reason to use such a configuration is to balance the price and overall performance of their website hosting platform and to minimize the load on the HDDs resulting from intense reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Shared Hosting
The cloud platform where we create shared hosting accounts uses solely SSD drives, so your web applications and static websites will load very fast. The SSDs are used for files, emails and databases, so regardless of whether you load a page or check for new emails with webmail, the content will load very quickly. To ensure even better speeds, we also use a number of dedicated SSDs that work only as cache. All the content that generates lots of traffic is copied on them automatically and is later on read from them and not from the primary storage drives. Of course, that content is replaced dynamically for much better performance. What we achieve this way apart from the better speed is reduced overall load, thus reduced possibility of hardware failures, and longer lifespan of the primary drives, which is one more level of protection for any info that you upload to your account.