Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this process is quite important in the internet hosting field since info located on hard drives is usually compressed to take less space. There're different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different effectiveness depending on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This process requires a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your website hosting account is generated employs the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is superior in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it's also a lot faster. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content like website files. Although it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers shall be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate numerous daily backups of the whole content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, particularly when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform as it consists of multiple clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them as they need considerably less space than standard backups.