Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed information needs much less disk space than the initial one, so a lot more content can be stored using the same amount of space. There're different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with a lot of them just the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the info is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others delete excessive bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will lead to lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a large amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so any Internet hosting platform which employs compression in real time should have enough power to support that attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the actual code.
Data Compression in Web Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your web hosting account will be created works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also a lot faster. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Even though it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate a number of daily backups of the entire content in each web hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, to not affect the performance of our servers.
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 used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much faster, especially 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 faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In addition to the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them because they need considerably less space than ordinary backups.