The term data compression describes reducing the number of bits of data that needs to be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing data, so what will be removed at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the info and its quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You'll find various compression algorithms that are more efficient for various type of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes lots of processing time, therefore the server executing the action needs to have enough resources in order to be able to process the info quick enough. One simple 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 particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is called LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any website hosted in a shared website hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backup copies at a higher speed and on lower disk space, so we can have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. That way, we can always recover any kind of content that you may have deleted by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them as they take considerably less space compared to ordinary backups.