Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that have to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the internet hosting field since info kept on hard disks is often compressed in order to take less space. You'll find different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different efficiency based upon the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. The method consumes plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. 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 Hosting

The compression algorithm that we use on the cloud web hosting platform where your new hosting account shall be created is known as LZ4 and it is used by the advanced ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is a lot better than the ones other file systems work with since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens faster than info can be read from a hard drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of any site located on a server which uses the algorithm. We use LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio let us make a couple of daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for one month. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation will not slow the servers down like it can often happen with some other file systems.

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's one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will accelerate any kind of site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies 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 generated considerably quicker without loading the servers.