Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed information needs considerably less disk space than the initial one, so a lot more content could be stored on identical amount of space. There're various compression algorithms which function in different ways and with a number of them just the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the info is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others erase excessive bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will lead to lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a large amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, so each and every web hosting platform that uses compression in real time needs to have adequate power to support this feature. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the actual code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account will be created is named LZ4 and it's applied by the exceptional ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is better than the ones other file systems work with as its compression ratio is higher and it processes data a lot quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens even faster than data can be read from a hard disk. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every Internet site stored on a server that uses this particular algorithm. We use LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to produce a number of daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but also their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it often happens with alternative file systems.

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 is among the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will speed up every website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the great number of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for one month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than standard backups and will be generated considerably quicker without loading the servers.