The term data compression means decreasing the number of bits of information which has to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing data, so what will be erased during the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the info and its quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You'll find different compression algorithms which are more effective for different kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server executing the action should have ample resources to be able to process your info fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account will be created works by using the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is greater in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also considerably quicker. The benefits will be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Although it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to make numerous daily backups of the full content in each web hosting account, so if you delete anything by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than several hours old. This is possible because the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will accelerate any website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that's provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for one month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than regular backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.