Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and the process is rather important in the internet hosting field because info kept on hard disks is generally compressed in order to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing information and they offer different effectiveness based on the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The process requires plenty of processing time, so a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your web hosting account shall be made works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is better in many aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it is also much faster. The gains will be significant particularly on compressible content like website files. Although it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce multiple daily backups of the full content in every single Internet hosting account, so should you delete something by mistake, the last backup which we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will speed up any kind of site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that's provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for one month as they will take a reduced amount of space than typical backups and will be created much quicker without loading the servers.