Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field as data stored on HDDs is generally compressed so as to take less space. You'll find various algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This process requires plenty of processing time, which means that a web hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An illustration how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your website hosting account will be made uses the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it is also a lot faster. The gains are significant particularly on compressible content like website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers will be better. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce numerous daily backups of the whole content in each Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account with our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform because it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they need considerably less space compared to conventional backups.