Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed information will take less disk space than the initial one, so much more content could be stored using the same amount of space. You'll find many different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with many of them just the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the data is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data following that will lead to lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a huge amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, therefore every web hosting platform which employs compression in real time should have sufficient power to support that attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can improve the performance of any site hosted in a cloud web hosting account on our end as not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms used by various other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backups much quicker and on less disk space, so we will have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. This way, we could always restore any kind of content that you could have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In addition to the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them since they need significantly less space compared to conventional backups.