Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the internet hosting field since data located on HDDs is often compressed in order to take less space. You will find various algorithms for compressing info and they provide different efficiency based upon the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This method uses plenty of processing time, therefore a hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The ZFS file system that is run on our cloud Internet hosting platform employs a compression algorithm called LZ4. The aforementioned is significantly faster and better than any other algorithm available on the market, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. web content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk drive, which improves the performance of sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Since the algorithm compresses data quite well and it does that very quickly, we can generate several backup copies of all the content kept in the cloud website hosting accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will require less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very quickly, the backup generation will not influence the performance of the servers where your content will be stored.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for one month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be created much faster without loading the servers.