Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this process is quite important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that information filed on HDDs is usually compressed so as to take less space. There are various algorithms for compressing information and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This method requires a lot of processing time, so a hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An example 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 Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is created employs the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it is also a lot quicker. The gains may be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each site hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce multiple daily backups of the full content in each and every web hosting account, so if you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. In addition to the superior performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they need significantly less space compared to standard backups.