Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and the process is very important in the web hosting field due to the fact that data filed on hard disk drives is often compressed to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing info and they offer different efficiency based upon the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This process uses plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. One example 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 Hosting

The compression algorithm that we employ on the cloud hosting platform where your new hosting account will be created is named LZ4 and it's used by the advanced ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is superior to the ones other file systems employ as its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens even faster than information can be read from a hard disk. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of each Internet site located on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us generate several daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do our backups take less space, but their generation will not slow the servers down like it often happens with other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will accelerate any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that is provided by the large number of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for a month as they will take a reduced amount of space than standard backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.