The term data compression refers to lowering the number of bits of information which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing information, which means that what will be deleted throughout the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the info and the quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find different compression algorithms which are more effective for different type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes plenty of processing time, therefore the server executing the action needs to have ample resources in order to be able to process the info quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account shall be made uses the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is better in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it's also faster. The benefits are significant especially on compressible content like website files. Although it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce multiple daily backups of the whole content in every single Internet hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The semi-dedicated server plans which we provide are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm named LZ4 that is greater than any other algorithm on the market 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 for that reason, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will function quicker. We are able to take advantage of this feature although it needs quite a great deal of CPU processing time as our platform uses a huge number of powerful servers working together and we don't create accounts on just a single machine like many companies do. There is one more benefit of using LZ4 - considering that it compresses data rather well and does that very fast, we can also generate multiple daily backups of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for a whole month. That way, you'll always be able to restore any content that you delete by mistake.