Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. In this way, the compressed information needs much less disk space than the initial one, so a lot more content can be stored on the same amount of space. You'll find various compression algorithms which work in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the data is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others remove unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data later will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a significant amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so every web hosting platform which employs compression in real time should have adequate power to support this feature. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the actual code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can boost the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud website hosting account with us because not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms employed by various file systems, but also 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 owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backup copies more quickly and on less disk space, so we shall have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always recover all the content that you could have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, particularly with regard to uncompressing web 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 is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform because it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Along with the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them since they need significantly less space than standard backups.