Data compression is the compacting of data by reducing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed information takes much less disk space than the initial one, so a lot more content could be stored using the same amount of space. You will find different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with several of them just the redundant bits are deleted, therefore once the info is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others remove excessive bits, but uncompressing the data following that will result in reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a significant amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, therefore each and every Internet hosting platform which employs compression in real time needs to have adequate power to support this attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account shall be made employs the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is superior in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it's also much quicker. The benefits are significant particularly on compressible content like website files. Even though it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of each site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make numerous daily backups of the entire content in each hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last backup that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This can be done because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account shall be created on a cloud platform which runs on the innovative ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, which is much better than various other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much quicker than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. This is the reason why Internet sites running on a platform which uses LZ4 compression perform faster because the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. One more advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep require less space and are generated a lot quicker, which enables us to have several daily backups of all your files and databases.