Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this process is very important in the web hosting field as info filed on hard drives is usually compressed so as to take less space. You'll find many different algorithms for compressing info and they offer different effectiveness based upon the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This method consumes plenty of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is generated uses the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it's also a lot faster. The gains will be significant in particular on compressible content like website files. Even though it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce a number of daily backups of the full content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be created on a cloud platform which is run on the advanced ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, that's much better than other algorithms with regard to compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk. Because of this sites running on a platform that employs LZ4 compression perform faster since the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. Another advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep take significantly less space and are generated a lot quicker, which enables us to store a couple of daily backups of all your files and databases.