The term data compression refers to reducing the number of bits of data which should be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of data, so what will be deleted in the course of the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the content and the quality shall be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find various compression algorithms that are more efficient for different kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes lots of processing time, which means that the server executing the action must have sufficient resources to be able to process the info quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new cloud website hosting account will be created is named LZ4 and it is used by the leading-edge ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is superior to the ones other file systems work with since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens even faster than data can be read from a hard disk. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of each Internet site located on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to make a number of daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do the backups take less space, but also their generation will not slow the servers down like it often happens with various other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they need considerably less space than conventional backups.