Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed info will take considerably less disk space than the initial one, so additional content can be stored using identical amount of space. You can find various compression algorithms that work in different ways and with several of them only the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the information is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others remove unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data following that will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a significant amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, therefore any hosting platform which uses compression in real time should have enough power to support this feature. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the entire code.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is named LZ4. It can improve the performance of any site hosted in a website hosting account on our end as not only does it compress data significantly better than algorithms employed by other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform for the reason that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backups much more rapidly and on reduced disk space, so we will have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. This way, we could always restore the content that you could have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans that we supply are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that exceeds any other algorithm you can find in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed because LZ4 does that more rapidly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and because of this, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will work quicker. We can take full advantage of this feature despite of the fact that it requires quite a large amount of CPU processing time as our platform uses a huge number of powerful servers working together and we don't create accounts on just a single machine like many companies do. There's another reward of using LZ4 - given that it compresses data rather well and does that very quickly, we can also make several daily backups of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. By doing this, you can always bring back any content that you erase by accident.