Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed data needs much less disk space than the initial one, so more content could be stored using identical amount of space. There're many different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with a lot of them just the redundant bits are removed, therefore once the information is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others erase unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data later will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a huge amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so any web hosting platform which employs compression in real time needs to have ample power to support this attribute. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute 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 Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can boost the performance of any website hosted in a shared web hosting account with us because not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms used by alternative file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backups much more quickly and on less disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. That way, we could always recover the content that you may have removed by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In addition to the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them since they take a lot less space than standard backups.