Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this process is really important in the internet hosting field since info located on hard disks is generally compressed so as to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness based upon the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This process consumes plenty of processing time, therefore a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end as not only does it compress data more efficiently than algorithms used by alternative file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backups at a higher speed and on lower disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. This way, we can always recover all the content that you may have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans which we provide are created on a powerful cloud platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that surpasses any other algorithm you can find in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed since LZ4 does that much faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and because of this, websites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will work at a higher speed. We're able to benefit from the feature although it requires quite a large amount of CPU processing time as our platform uses a wide range of powerful servers working together and we don't make accounts on just a single machine like many companies do. There's an additional advantage of using LZ4 - since it compresses data really well and does that extremely fast, we can also generate multiple daily backups of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. This way, you'll always be able to bring back any content that you delete by mistake.