Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field since info stored on hard disks is usually compressed in order to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing information and they provide different effectiveness based upon the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This process employs a lot of processing time, so an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An instance how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account shall be made employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is greater in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it's also considerably quicker. The gains can be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Although it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to make multiple daily backups of the whole content in every single web hosting account, so if you delete anything by accident, the last backup that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will speed up any Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take much less space than standard backups and will be generated much quicker without loading the servers.