Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is really important in the web hosting field since info recorded on HDDs is typically compressed so as to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method needs plenty of processing time, so a hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The compression algorithm that we use on the cloud hosting platform where your new web hosting account shall be created is known as LZ4 and it is used by the leading-edge ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is a lot better than the ones other file systems work with because its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens faster than information can be read from a hard disk. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of each site hosted on a server which uses the algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio let us make a number of daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for a month. Not only do these backups take less space, but also their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it can often happen with some other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In addition to the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them since they need considerably less space compared to standard backups.