The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of information that needs to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing information, so what will be removed throughout the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the information and its quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There're various compression algorithms which are more efficient for various kind of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server performing the action should have ample resources to be able to process your info quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 in the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your web hosting account is made uses the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is superior in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also considerably quicker. The benefits are significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Although it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to make numerous daily backups of the whole content in every single hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence 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 employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it consists of numerous clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them since they need a lot less space than traditional backups.