The term data compression identifies decreasing the number of bits of information that has to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of information, which means that what will be erased throughout the compression will be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the content and the quality will be the same, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. You will find various compression algorithms which are more effective for various sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server executing the action must have adequate resources in order to be able to process your data fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is called LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud web hosting account on our end because not only does it compress data much better than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform considering that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backup copies much more rapidly and on less 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. That way, we can always recover any content that you may have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

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