Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this process is very important in the web hosting field due to the fact that data kept on hard disks is typically compressed so as to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different efficiency depending on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method requires plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An illustration how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account shall be created works by using the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which a number of other file systems use, but it is also considerably faster. The benefits will be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every site hosted on our servers will be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate a number of daily backups of the full content in each Internet hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last backup that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be created on a cloud platform which is run on the leading-edge ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, that's a lot better than alternative algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is noticeable especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 a lot faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. Because of this Internet sites running on a platform that uses LZ4 compression perform better as the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep need significantly less space and they're generated a lot faster, which enables us to keep multiple daily backups of your files and databases.