The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of data which should be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be erased during the compression will be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the data and the quality will be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find different compression algorithms which are better for different type of info. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes plenty of processing time, therefore the server performing the action should have adequate resources in order to be able to process the data quick enough. One 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 as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm which we employ on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new website hosting account shall be created is named LZ4 and it is applied by the advanced ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is better than the ones other file systems use as its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens faster than information can be read from a hard drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of every website located on a server which uses the algorithm. We use LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to generate several daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for a month. Not only do the 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 Hosting

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you'll 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 the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is way quicker, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Together with the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them since they take a lot less space than ordinary backups.