The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of information that needs to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing info, which means that what will be deleted at the time of the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the data and its quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. There are various compression algorithms which are more efficient for various sort of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes a lot of processing time, so the server carrying out the action must have plenty of resources to be able to process your data fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm which we use on the cloud hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account shall be created is named LZ4 and it's applied by the advanced ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is a lot better than the ones other file systems employ as its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data a lot quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens quicker than data can be read from a hdd. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of every site hosted on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backup copies of the full content of all accounts and store them for a month. Not only do the backups take less space, but in addition their generation does not slow the servers down like it can often happen with many other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account from our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, particularly with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, which is not an issue 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 will be able to restore 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 take considerably less space than conventional backups.