Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this process is really important in the internet hosting field since info stored on HDDs is usually compressed in order to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness based on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The process employs plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is named LZ4. It can boost the performance of any website hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info more efficiently than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backups much more quickly and on lower disk space, so we can have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. This way, we could always restore all of the content that you may have removed by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans that we provide are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm called LZ4 that is better than any other algorithm on the market in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed as LZ4 does that more rapidly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and because of this, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will function at a higher speed. We can take full advantage of this feature regardless of the fact that it needs quite a large amount of CPU processing time because our platform uses numerous powerful servers working together and we do not create accounts on a single machine like many companies do. There's another advantage of using LZ4 - considering the fact that it compresses data very well and does that speedily, we can also make several daily backup copies of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for a whole month. This way, you can always bring back any content that you delete by mistake.