Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and the process is really important in the internet hosting field because info stored on HDDs is often compressed to take less space. There're different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different efficiency depending on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This process employs a lot of processing time, so a hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is named LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any site hosted in a shared web hosting account with us as not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms used by various other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backup copies faster and on reduced disk space, so we will have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always recover any kind of content that you could have erased by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account with 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 the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they take significantly less space than traditional backups.