Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and the process is really important in the internet hosting field because info stored on hard drives is often compressed in order to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different effectiveness based on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This process consumes a lot of processing time, which means that a web hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. One example 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 Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any website hosted in a cloud web hosting account with us because not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms employed by various file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform due to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backups faster and on less disk space, so we can have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. That way, we can always restore any content that you could have removed by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that's not an issue for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Together with the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them since they take significantly less space than conventional backups.