Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that info kept on hard disk drives is generally compressed to take less space. You will find many different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different effectiveness based on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This method consumes plenty of processing time, therefore a web hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared hosting account will be made uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also faster. The benefits will be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. Even though it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to make multiple daily backups of the full content in every single hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change the performance of our 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 among the best algorithms out there and definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the large number of clusters working together as part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be generated much faster without loading the servers.