The term data compression identifies decreasing the number of bits of info which should be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing information, so what will be deleted throughout the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the data and the quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You will find different compression algorithms that are better for different type of information. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action must have plenty of resources to be able to process your data quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a website hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms employed by various file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backups faster and on lower disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. That way, we can always restore the content that you may have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, 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 separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform as it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In combination with the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they take a lot less space than ordinary backups.