Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the web hosting field as info stored on hard disks is usually compressed so as to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing information and they provide different efficiency based upon the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This process uses a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be made works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it is also considerably faster. The benefits may be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to generate a large number of daily backups of the whole content in each and every hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last backup that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of the 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 most efficient 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 disk drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will accelerate any website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that is provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for a month as they'll take much less space than standard backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.