Data compression is the compacting of information by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed info requires considerably less disk space than the initial one, so additional content might be stored on the same amount of space. You can find different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with a number of them just the redundant bits are erased, which means that once the data is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a large amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so each and every Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have enough power to support that feature. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your hosting account is created uses the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is greater in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it is also considerably quicker. The benefits are significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be better. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the entire content in every single web hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will boost any website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that is provided by the multitude of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than typical backups and will be created much faster without loading the servers.