The term data compression refers to reducing the number of bits of data that should be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of info, which means that what will be erased throughout the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the information and the quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find various compression algorithms that are more effective for different kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes lots of processing time, which means that the server executing the action needs to have enough resources to be able to process your info quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your web hosting account shall be made uses the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also a lot faster. The gains are significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. Despite the fact that it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate multiple daily backups of the full content in every single hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last backup that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much quicker, particularly with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform since it consists of multiple clusters working together. In addition to the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they need a lot less space compared to traditional backups.