The term data compression means reducing the number of bits of data that needs to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be removed during the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the content and the quality shall be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. There are various compression algorithms that are better for various sort of data. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server executing the action needs to have enough resources in order to be able to process your data fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm which we employ on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new hosting account will be created is called LZ4 and it is used by the advanced ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is superior to 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 more quickly than data can be read from a hard drive. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of 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 multiple daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and store them for 30 days. Not only do these backups take less space, but in addition their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with some other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account with our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the 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 faster than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In addition to the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they need significantly less space than standard backups.