Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and the process is really important in the internet hosting field since information kept on hard disk drives is often compressed in order to take less space. There're many different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness based on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This process requires a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The ZFS file system that is run on our cloud web hosting platform uses a compression algorithm called LZ4. The aforementioned is a lot faster and better than any other algorithm you can find, particularly for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data quicker than it is read from a hard disk, which improves the performance of sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Due to the fact that the algorithm compresses data really well and it does that quickly, we're able to generate several backup copies of all the content stored in the cloud website hosting accounts on our servers daily. Both your content and its backups will require reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work extremely fast, the backup generation will not affect the performance of the servers where your content will be kept.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you can 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 an improved compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, particularly when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it consists of numerous clusters working together. In combination with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them because they take a lot less space than ordinary backups.