Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and the process is very important in the web hosting field due to the fact that data kept on hard drives is usually compressed in order to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing info 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 unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The process requires a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. One example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud hosting platform where your new cloud hosting account shall be created is known as LZ4 and it is used by the exceptional ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems use as its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than data can be read from a hdd. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of each Internet site located on a server that uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to produce a couple of daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and store them for a month. Not only do the backups take less space, but also their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it often happens with some other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's 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 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 kind of website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for one month as they will take a reduced amount of space than typical backups and will be generated considerably quicker without loading the servers.