The term data compression describes decreasing the number of bits of data which needs to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of info, which means that what will be erased throughout the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the info and the quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find different compression algorithms that are better for different type of information. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes a lot of processing time, therefore the server performing the action must have ample resources to be able to process your info quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud hosting platform where your new website hosting account shall be created is called LZ4 and it's applied by the cutting-edge ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is more advanced than the ones other file systems employ since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens faster than data can be read from a hard disk drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of every website hosted on a server that uses this algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to make several daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and store them for 30 days. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it can often happen with various other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much quicker, particularly with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Besides the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them because they need a lot less space compared to traditional backups.