Data compression is the compacting of data by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed info will take substantially less disk space than the initial one, so extra content can be stored using identical amount of space. You will find various compression algorithms that function in different ways and with a number of them just the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the data is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase excessive bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a huge amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so every hosting platform which employs compression in real time should have ample power to support this attribute. An example how info can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account is created employs the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it's also considerably faster. The gains are significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate numerous daily backups of the whole content in each hosting account, so if you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans that we provide are created on a powerful cloud platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that is greater than any other algorithm available on the market in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed since LZ4 does that faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and for that reason, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will function quicker. We're able to take advantage of the feature although it needs quite a considerable amount of CPU processing time as our platform uses a large number of powerful servers working together and we never make accounts on just a single machine like the majority of companies do. There's a further benefit of using LZ4 - given that it compresses data very well and does that extremely fast, we can also make several daily backups of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. That way, you can always bring back any content that you delete by accident.