The term data compression means reducing the number of bits of information that has to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing information, which means that what will be erased throughout the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the data and the quality will be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. There're various compression algorithms that are more efficient for different kind of information. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes lots of processing time, therefore the server carrying out the action should have sufficient resources in order to be able to process the data fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any website hosted in a website hosting account with us as not only does it compress data significantly better than algorithms used by various other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backups quicker and on lower disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore all of the content that you could have erased by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much faster, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform because it consists of numerous clusters working together. Along with the superior performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they take considerably less space than standard backups.