Data compression is the compacting of info by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed data will need less disk space than the original one, so more content might be stored using identical amount of space. You'll find different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with several of them only the redundant bits are deleted, therefore once the data is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others delete excessive bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a huge amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, therefore any web hosting platform which uses compression in real time should have adequate power to support that feature. An example how info can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the actual code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account shall be generated works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it is also much faster. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Even though it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce numerous daily backups of the full content in each web hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created on a cloud platform which runs on the state-of-the-art ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, that is much better than various other algorithms when it comes to compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much quicker than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. That is why websites running on a platform that uses LZ4 compression perform faster because the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. Another advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep need less space and they're generated quicker, which allows us to keep multiple daily backups of your files and databases.