Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and this process is quite important in the internet hosting field because data filed on HDDs is typically compressed so as to take less space. You'll find various algorithms for compressing data and they offer different effectiveness based on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This method needs plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your hosting account is generated works by using the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that a number of other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The benefits may be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. While it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce numerous daily backups of the full content in every single hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That 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 large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for one month as they will take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.