The term data compression describes lowering the number of bits of information that should be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be erased during the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the information and its quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find various compression algorithms that are better for different type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes a lot of processing time, so the server carrying out the action needs to have enough resources to be able to process your data quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is called LZ4. It can boost the performance of any site hosted in a shared hosting account on our end as not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms used by other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backup copies much more quickly and on lower disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. That way, we can always restore all of the content that you may have removed by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much quicker, particularly when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of multiple clusters working together. Together with the better performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them since they need significantly less space than traditional backups.