Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that have to be saved or transmitted and the process is very important in the internet hosting field since information located on hard disks is often compressed so as to take less space. There're many different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This process requires plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can boost the performance of any site hosted in a cloud website hosting account on our end because not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms used by other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform due to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backup copies much more quickly and on lower disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. That way, we can always recover any kind of content that you may have removed by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be created on a cloud platform which is run on the state-of-the-art ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, that's a lot better than all the other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is significant especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much quicker than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk. That's why Internet sites running on a platform that employs LZ4 compression perform faster because the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. One more advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep take much less space and they're generated quicker, which allows us to store a couple of daily backups of all your files and databases.