The term data compression means reducing the number of bits of info that should be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing info, so what will be removed at the time of the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the information and the quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find various compression algorithms which are more effective for various kind of information. Compressing and uncompressing data usually takes lots of processing time, which means that the server executing the action needs to have ample resources to be able to process the data fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 in the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud web hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can boost the performance of any site hosted in a shared web hosting account on our end as not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms used by alternative 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 because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backups a lot faster and on less disk space, so we shall have multiple daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. This way, we could always restore all content that you may have deleted by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your sites 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 that's behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is way quicker, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. In addition to the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them since they need considerably less space compared to conventional backups.