Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the internet hosting field since information recorded on hard disks is generally compressed in order to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness based on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This method uses plenty of processing time, so a web hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An illustration how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is made employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also much faster. The gains may be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. While it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate a large number of daily backups of the full content in every single hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last backup that we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The semi-dedicated server plans which we provide are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm named LZ4 that exceeds any other algorithm you can find in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed because LZ4 does that more rapidly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and owing to this, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will work faster. We're able to take full advantage of this feature despite of the fact that it needs quite a great deal of CPU processing time because our platform uses a large number of powerful servers working together and we don't make accounts on a single machine like many companies do. There's one more advantage of using LZ4 - given that it compresses data very well and does that very fast, we can also generate multiple daily backup copies of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for a whole month. By doing this, you'll always be able to recover any content that you erase by accident.