Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field since info stored on hard disks is generally compressed to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness based on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The method employs a lot of processing time, which means that a web hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. One example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your website hosting account is created employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also quicker. The benefits will be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. Despite the fact that it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce a large number of daily backups of the whole content in each Internet hosting account, so if you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have won't be more than several hours old. This is possible because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account with our company, you can 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 distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. Along with the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they take significantly less space than traditional backups.