The term data compression describes decreasing the number of bits of info that needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing information, which means that what will be erased at the time of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the data and the quality shall be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. There are different compression algorithms that are more effective for different sort of data. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes lots of processing time, therefore the server carrying out the action must have plenty of resources in order to be able to process your data quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account will be created uses the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The benefits will be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of every site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a large number of daily backups of the whole content in each web hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last backup that we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's among the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will quicken any site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that is provided by the great number of clusters working together as part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for a month as they will take a smaller amount of space than regular backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.