Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field because info stored on hard disks is usually compressed to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different effectiveness based upon the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This process requires plenty of processing time, therefore a hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting
The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account shall be made works by using the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it's also quicker. The benefits will be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to generate a number of daily backups of the full content in each and every web hosting account, so should you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, especially when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform as it consists of multiple clusters working together. Along with the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them because they need significantly less space than ordinary backups.