The term data compression describes lowering the number of bits of info which has to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing data, which means that what will be deleted at the time of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the data and its quality shall be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find different compression algorithms which are better for various type of information. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes plenty of processing time, so the server performing the action should have enough resources in order to be able to process the info quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is named LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a web hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform considering that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backup copies faster and on less disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. That way, we could always restore any content that you may have deleted by mistake.

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 that is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much quicker, in particular when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. In addition to the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could recover 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 need a lot less space compared to ordinary backups.