Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which have to be saved or transmitted and this process is very important in the web hosting field due to the fact that data stored on hard disks is often compressed so as to take less space. There are many different algorithms for compressing information and they offer different efficiency based on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method employs plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your shared hosting account will be made works by using the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is better in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The gains may be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Although it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to generate numerous daily backups of the full content in each and every web hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's among the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will quicken any Internet site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take much less space than standard backups and will be generated much quicker without loading the servers.