Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that have to be saved or transmitted and this process is really important in the internet hosting field because information recorded on hard disk drives is typically compressed to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing info and they offer different efficiency based on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This method consumes plenty of processing time, therefore a web hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An instance how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a cloud website hosting account with us because not only does it compress info more efficiently than algorithms employed by other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backup copies more rapidly and on lower disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. This way, we could always restore all content that you could have removed by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that runs using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, that is far better than various other algorithms with regard to compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. Because of this Internet sites running on a platform which uses LZ4 compression perform faster because the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep take significantly less space and they are generated faster, which allows us to have multiple daily backups of your files and databases.