Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that info filed on hard disk drives is often compressed so as to take less space. You'll find different algorithms for compressing data and they have different efficiency based upon the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The process consumes plenty of processing time, so a hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud web hosting platform is named LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any website hosted in a web hosting account on our end because not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform for the reason that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backup copies at a higher speed and on reduced disk space, so we can have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. This way, we could always restore all content that you could have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The semi-dedicated server plans that we offer are created on a powerful cloud platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS uses a compression algorithm called LZ4 that is superior to any other algorithm you can find in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing website 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 disk drive and owing to this, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will function faster. We are able to take advantage of the feature regardless of the fact that it needs quite a great deal of CPU processing time as our platform uses many powerful servers working together and we don't make accounts on a single machine like many companies do. There's a further benefit of using LZ4 - considering that it compresses data really well and does that speedily, we can also make several daily backups of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for a whole month. In this way, you will always be able to recover any content that you erase by accident.