Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and the process is rather important in the web hosting field as info recorded on hard disk drives is typically compressed in order to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different efficiency based on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This method employs plenty of processing time, which means that a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm which we employ on the cloud hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account will be created is called LZ4 and it's used by the revolutionary ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is better than the ones other file systems employ because its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens at a faster rate than info can be read from a hard disk. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of each site stored on a server that uses the algorithm. We use LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us generate a number of daily backups of the full content of all accounts and keep them for a month. Not only do the backups take less space, but in addition their generation will not slow the servers down like it often happens with various other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform as it consists of multiple clusters working together. Besides the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them since they take considerably less space compared to traditional backups.