Data compression is the compacting of data by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed information takes much less disk space than the original one, so extra content could be stored on identical amount of space. You can find various compression algorithms that function in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are erased, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others delete excessive bits, but uncompressing the data following that will result in reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a huge amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, so every web hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have enough power to support that attribute. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account will be generated employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The gains are significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to produce numerous daily backups of the whole content in each web hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that is run on the state-of-the-art ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, that is a lot better than all other algorithms when it comes to compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk. This is the reason why websites running on a platform that employs LZ4 compression perform faster because the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. One more advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep require much less space and they are generated faster, which allows us to keep several daily backups of all your files and databases.