Data compression is the compacting of data by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed information will need considerably less disk space than the original one, so a lot more content might be stored using identical amount of space. You will find many different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with many of them only the redundant bits are erased, which means that once the info is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others delete excessive bits, but uncompressing the data later on will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a large amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, therefore every Internet hosting platform that employs compression in real time should have sufficient power to support that feature. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The ZFS file system which operates on our cloud Internet hosting platform uses a compression algorithm identified as LZ4. The aforementioned is significantly faster and better than every other algorithm available on the market, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data quicker than it is read from a hard disk drive, which improves the overall performance of Internet sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Because the algorithm compresses data very well and it does that very fast, we're able to generate several backups of all the content kept in the website hosting accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will take less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very quickly, the backup generation will not influence the performance of the hosting servers where your content will be stored.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform which runs using the innovative ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, which is a lot better than alternative algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. This is the reason why websites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform better because the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. One more advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep need a lot less space and they're generated a lot quicker, which allows us to have several daily backups of your files and databases.