Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the internet hosting field because information stored on hard drives is generally compressed so as to take less space. You'll find various algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. The method consumes a lot of processing time, therefore a hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is called LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any website hosted in a shared hosting account on our end because not only does it compress data significantly better than algorithms employed by other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backups much more quickly and on reduced disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always recover all the content that you could have erased by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your Internet sites 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's behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform because it consists of multiple clusters working together. In addition to the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they take significantly less space compared to standard backups.