Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and the process is quite important in the web hosting field due to the fact that information stored on hard disk drives is generally compressed to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different effectiveness based on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The process needs plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your shared hosting account is created employs the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is better in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it's also considerably faster. The benefits will be significant especially 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 drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate multiple daily backups of the full content in each hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than several hours old. This is possible because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, especially when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them because they take a lot less space than conventional backups.