The term data compression describes lowering the number of bits of information that has to be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of info, which means that what will be erased throughout the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the content and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find various compression algorithms which are more efficient for various kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data usually takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action should have adequate resources in order to be able to process your info fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any site hosted in a website hosting account on our end because not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backups more speedily and on reduced disk space, so we will have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore the content that you may have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that's not an issue for our platform since it consists of multiple clusters working together. Along with the superior performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they take significantly less space than standard backups.