The term data compression means decreasing the number of bits of data that should be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be erased throughout the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the information and the quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find various compression algorithms which are more efficient for different sort of info. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes a lot of processing time, so the server performing the action should have ample resources in order to be able to process the info fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account will be generated works by using the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is superior in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which some other file systems use, but it is also much quicker. The benefits can be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of every site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce numerous daily backups of the whole content in each and every Internet hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created on a cloud platform which runs on the leading-edge ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, which is significantly better than all the other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. This is why websites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform better since the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. One more advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep need much less space and they're generated a lot faster, which allows us to store several daily backups of your files and databases.