Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the web hosting field since information recorded on hard disk drives is generally compressed to take less space. You'll 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 delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This method requires a lot of processing time, therefore a hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An example how binary code can 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 work with on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new hosting account will be created is named LZ4 and it's applied by the cutting-edge ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems use as its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens more quickly than data can be read from a hard disk. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every website hosted on a server that uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to make multiple daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do our backups take less space, but in addition their generation will not slow the servers down like it often happens with many other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account with our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all the 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 faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform as it consists of multiple clusters working together. Together with the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them as they take significantly less space compared to traditional backups.