The term data compression refers to decreasing the number of bits of info which has to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing data, which means that what will be removed throughout the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the content and the quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There're different compression algorithms that are more efficient for different kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server executing the action should have plenty of resources in order to be able to process your data quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code rather than storing the particular 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 known as LZ4 and it is used by the state-of-the-art ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is much better than the ones other file systems use as its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens faster than info can be read from a hard drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every Internet site stored on a server that uses this particular algorithm. We use LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to make a number of daily backup copies of the full content of all accounts and keep them for 30 days. Not only do these backups take less space, but their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it often happens with many other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Together with the improved performance, you'll 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 an entire month and we can afford to store them as they take significantly less space compared to ordinary backups.