Data compression is the compacting of data by reducing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. In this way, the compressed information requires much less disk space than the initial one, so additional content could be stored on identical amount of space. You will find many different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the information is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will lead to lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a huge amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, therefore every hosting platform which employs compression in real time should have enough power to support that feature. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the actual code.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is named LZ4. It can boost the performance of any website hosted in a website hosting account with us because not only does it compress info much better than algorithms used by other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backup copies much quicker and on reduced disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always recover all of the content that you may have removed by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will accelerate any website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for a month as they will take a smaller amount of space than regular backups and will be generated much faster without loading the servers.