Data compression is the compacting of information by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed info will take substantially less disk space than the initial one, so additional content could be stored using identical amount of space. You will find many different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with a number of them only the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the data is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others remove unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data later will lead to lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a significant amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, so each and every Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time should have sufficient power to support that feature. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a cloud web hosting account with us since not only does it compress info more efficiently than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform for the reason that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backup copies much quicker and on lower disk space, so we will have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. That way, we could always restore all the content that you may have erased by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that's not an issue for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. Besides the better performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them as they take significantly less space than traditional backups.