The term data compression identifies decreasing the number of bits of info that has to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of info, which means that what will be removed during the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the information and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find various compression algorithms that are better for different kind of info. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server performing the action should have enough resources to be able to process your data 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 in the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm that we use on the cloud web hosting platform where your new hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it's used by the leading-edge ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems use because its compression ratio is higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens even faster than information can be read from a hard disk drive. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every website hosted on a server which uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio let us make several daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and store them for 30 days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with alternative file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. 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 a large number of clusters working together. Together with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them as they need significantly less space compared to standard backups.