Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field as data recorded on HDDs is typically compressed in order to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing info and they offer different efficiency based on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The method employs plenty of processing time, therefore a hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is called LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any website hosted in a cloud website hosting account on our end because not only does it compress data much better than algorithms used by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backups more rapidly and on reduced disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. In this way, we can always recover any content that you may have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The semi-dedicated server plans which we supply are created on a powerful cloud platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm called LZ4 that is better than any other algorithm out there in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed as LZ4 does that more quickly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk and owing to this, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will work quicker. We are able to take advantage of the feature regardless of the fact that it requires quite a lot of CPU processing time because our platform uses a lot of powerful servers working together and we never create accounts on just a single machine like many companies do. There is another reward of using LZ4 - considering the fact that it compresses data very well and does that speedily, we can also generate multiple daily backups of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for a whole month. In this way, you will always be able to recover any content that you delete by mistake.