The term data compression means reducing the number of bits of information that has to be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing data, so what will be erased throughout the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the data and its quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find various compression algorithms which are better for different sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes plenty of processing time, therefore the server performing the action must have adequate resources to be able to process your info quick enough. An 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 as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new hosting account shall be created is named LZ4 and it's applied by the advanced ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is superior to the ones other file systems work with since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than data can be read from a hard disk drive. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of any website hosted on a server which uses the algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to generate several daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and store them for 30 days. Not only do the backups take less space, but their generation does not slow the servers down like it often happens with other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is way quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. In combination with the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them since they need a lot less space than standard backups.