The term data compression means decreasing the number of bits of info that needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of data, so what will be erased during the compression will be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the data and its quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There are different compression algorithms which are better for various sort of info. Compressing and uncompressing data usually takes plenty of processing time, so the server executing the action must have enough resources to be able to process the data quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can boost the performance of any site hosted in a web hosting account with us because not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backups a lot faster and on less disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always restore all of the content that you could have removed by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably faster, particularly when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. Besides the better performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them as they take a lot less space compared to standard backups.