Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and the process is rather important in the internet hosting field since data recorded on hard drives is typically compressed to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing data and they provide different efficiency based upon the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This process uses plenty of processing time, therefore a hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is generated works by using the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is better in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The benefits will be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Although it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any website hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to produce numerous daily backups of the full content in each hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans which we supply are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that surpasses any other algorithm you will find in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed because LZ4 does that more quickly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and as a result, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will function quicker. We can take advantage of the feature regardless of the fact that it needs quite a great deal of CPU processing time as our platform uses numerous powerful servers working together and we don't create accounts on a single machine like the vast majority of companies do. There is one more reward of using LZ4 - considering the fact that it compresses data really well and does that speedily, we can also make multiple daily backups of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for a month. By doing this, you will always be able to bring back any content that you erase by mistake.