Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and this process is quite important in the web hosting field due to the fact that data filed on hard disk drives is typically compressed to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing info and they offer different efficiency based on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This method uses plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm which we use on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it's used by the state-of-the-art ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is superior to the ones other file systems use since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens faster than data can be read from a hard disk. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of any site stored on a server that uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for one month. Not only do our backups take less space, but their generation does not slow the servers down like it often happens with many other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting 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'll uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will speed up any website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the great number of clusters working together as part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for a month as they will take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be created much faster without loading the servers.