Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and the process is quite important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that info filed on hard drives is usually compressed so as to take less space. You'll find many different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different effectiveness based upon the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. The process needs a lot of processing time, therefore a hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The ZFS file system which runs on our cloud web hosting platform uses a compression algorithm identified as LZ4. The aforementioned is considerably faster and better than every other algorithm on the market, particularly for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk drive, which improves the performance of websites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Since the algorithm compresses data very well and it does that quickly, we can generate several backups of all the content stored in the shared hosting accounts on our servers every day. Both your content and its backups will take reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very fast, the backup generation will not affect the performance of the hosting servers where your content will be kept.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among 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 much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take much less space than standard backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.