Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed data will take considerably less disk space than the initial one, so additional content could be stored on identical amount of space. You will find many different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are deleted, which means that once the data is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others remove unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a huge amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, therefore each and every web hosting platform which employs compression in real time should have ample power to support that attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your web hosting account will be made uses the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it is also faster. The benefits can be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. Although it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce numerous daily backups of the full content in each web hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much faster, particularly when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform as it consists of multiple clusters working together. Together with the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them since they need a lot less space compared to standard backups.