Data compression is the compacting of information by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed data will take less disk space than the initial one, so a lot more content can be stored on the same amount of space. You can find many different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are deleted, so once the info is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others remove unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will lead to lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a significant amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so every hosting platform that uses compression in real time must have ample power to support that attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account shall be created works by using the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it's also considerably quicker. The gains can be significant in particular on compressible content like website files. While it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate multiple daily backups of the full content in each hosting account, so in the event 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 much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The semi-dedicated server plans which we offer are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm named LZ4 that outperforms any other algorithm you can find in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed as LZ4 does that quicker than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and as a result, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will work quicker. We're able to take advantage of this feature regardless of the fact that it requires quite a large amount of CPU processing time because our platform uses many powerful servers working together and we do not create accounts on just a single machine like the majority of companies do. There is one more reward of using LZ4 - since it compresses data really well and does that very fast, we can also generate multiple daily backup copies of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. In this way, you will always be able to restore any content that you delete by accident.