Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and the process is really important in the internet hosting field since info recorded on hard drives is often compressed in order to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing data and they offer different effectiveness based upon the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method employs a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An instance how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're 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 that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is called LZ4. It can boost the performance of any Internet site hosted in a shared hosting account with us as not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms employed by various 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 due to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backups much more rapidly and on lower disk space, so we will have multiple daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore any content that you could have deleted by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, particularly when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it consists of numerous clusters working together. Besides the superior performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to recover any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them because they take significantly less space compared to standard backups.