Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is really important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that data filed on hard disks is often compressed to take less space. There are many different algorithms for compressing information and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. The method uses plenty of processing time, so a web hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your website hosting account will be made employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it's also much quicker. The benefits can be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. While it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce multiple daily backups of the whole content in each and every hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will accelerate every Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for a month as they will take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.