Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the web hosting field due to the fact that info recorded on hard disk drives is typically compressed in order to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing information and they offer different effectiveness depending on the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This process needs a lot of processing time, so an internet hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account shall be generated uses the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is superior in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The gains will be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Although it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every site hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to generate a number of daily backups of the entire content in each and every hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that runs on the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, which is far better than alternative algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is noticeable especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 quicker than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk drive. Because of this Internet sites running on a platform that employs LZ4 compression perform better as the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. One more advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep require a lot less space and are generated quicker, which allows us to store multiple daily backups of your files and databases.