Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is really important in the internet hosting field as data stored on hard disk drives is typically compressed in order to take less space. You will find many different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness depending on the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. The process employs plenty of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The compression algorithm that we employ on the cloud hosting platform where your new shared hosting account shall be created is named LZ4 and it is applied by the exceptional ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is more advanced than the ones other file systems work with as its compression ratio is higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than information can be read from a hard drive. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of any site hosted on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to make multiple daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for a month. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but their generation won'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 websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that's not an issue for our platform as it consists of multiple clusters working together. Besides the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies 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 because they take a lot less space compared to ordinary backups.