Data compression is the compacting of data by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed data needs substantially less disk space than the original one, so extra content could be stored using the same amount of space. You'll find many different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with several of them just the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase excessive bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will result in reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a significant amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, therefore any hosting platform which uses compression in real time needs to have ample 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 consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web 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 cloud web hosting account on our end because not only does it compress data much better than algorithms used by other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform for the reason that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backups quicker and on less disk space, so we can have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. That way, we can always restore all content that you may have erased by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably faster, particularly with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Together with the better 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 a whole month and we can afford to store them because they take significantly less space than traditional backups.