Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed data takes much less disk space than the original one, so much more content might be stored using identical amount of space. You can find different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with some of them just the redundant bits are erased, which means that once the data is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others delete unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data later will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a huge amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, so any Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time needs to have enough power to support that feature. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any website hosted in a shared web hosting account on our end as not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms employed by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done 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. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backup copies more rapidly and on less disk space, so we will have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. This way, we could always restore the content that you could have deleted by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, 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 distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform as it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Besides the superior performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they take significantly less space compared to conventional backups.