Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the web hosting field because data recorded on hard drives is often compressed to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing information and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when your data is uncompressed. The process needs a lot of processing time, which means that a hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm which we employ on the cloud hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it is applied by the exceptional ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems work with since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data significantly faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens quicker than information can be read from a hard drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of each site stored on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to produce a number of daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and store them for one month. Not only do our backups take less space, but also their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it can often happen with alternative file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for one month as they will take much less space than typical backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.