Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which have to be saved or transmitted and the process is really important in the internet hosting field as info located on hard disks is often compressed in order to take less space. You can find different algorithms for compressing info and they have different efficiency depending on the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This process needs a lot of processing time, which means that a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The compression algorithm that we use on the cloud hosting platform where your new web hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it is used by the exceptional ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems work with since its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens quicker than info can be read from a hdd. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every Internet site located on a server which uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to produce several daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with various other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used 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 an improved compression ratio and it is considerably faster, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. Together with the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they take considerably less space than traditional backups.