Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed information will require less disk space than the original one, so much more content can be stored using the same amount of space. You can find many different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the information is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data later on will result in reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a huge amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so each and every Internet hosting platform that employs compression in real time should have adequate power to support this attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new cloud website hosting account will be created is named LZ4 and it is applied by the exceptional ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems employ as its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens at a faster rate than data can be read from a hdd. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every site stored on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to produce a couple of daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and store them for one month. Not only do the backups take less space, but also their generation does not slow the servers down like it often happens with alternative file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is way quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites 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 because it consists of multiple clusters working together. Besides the superior performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they take significantly less space compared to traditional backups.