Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and the process is very important in the web hosting field as information kept on hard disk drives is usually compressed in order to take less space. You'll find different algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness based on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This method needs a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The ZFS file system which operates on our cloud Internet hosting platform employs a compression algorithm called LZ4. The aforementioned is significantly faster and better than any other algorithm on the market, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk drive, which improves the performance of sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Because the algorithm compresses data really well and it does that very quickly, we're able to generate several backups of all the content kept in the website hosting accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will need less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very fast, the backup generation will not change the performance of the servers where your content will be kept.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that runs on the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, which is much better than other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. Because of this Internet sites running on a platform that employs LZ4 compression perform faster since the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep take less space and they're generated a lot faster, which allows us to store a couple of daily backups of all your files and databases.