Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and this process is very important in the web hosting field because data kept on hard disk drives is often compressed so as to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing info and they have different efficiency depending on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This method consumes a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An instance how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new web hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it is applied by the revolutionary ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems employ since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than info can be read from a hard drive. Because of this, LZ4 improves the performance of every site stored on a server which uses this algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio let us produce a number of daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation will not slow the servers down like it often happens with some other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much faster, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform because it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Together with the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them as they take significantly less space compared to ordinary backups.