Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this process is really important in the internet hosting field because info recorded on hard disks is generally compressed to take less space. You will find various algorithms for compressing data and they provide different effectiveness depending on the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The method uses plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is made employs the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is greater in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it is also a lot quicker. The benefits are significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate numerous daily backups of the entire content in every single web hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than several hours old. This can be done as the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting 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 called LZ4 that surpasses any other algorithm you will find in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed since LZ4 does that more rapidly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and because of this, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will work quicker. We're able to take advantage of this feature although it needs quite a large amount of CPU processing time as our platform uses a huge number of powerful servers working together and we don't create accounts on just a single machine like a lot of companies do. There is a further advantage of using LZ4 - given that it compresses data really well and does that very quickly, we can also make multiple daily backups of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for a month. By doing this, you will always be able to bring back any content that you erase by mistake.