The term data compression refers to decreasing the number of bits of information which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing information, which means that what will be deleted throughout the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the data and the quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. There are different compression algorithms which are more effective for various sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes lots of processing time, so the server executing the action must have ample resources to be able to process your data fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 in the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Hosting
The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it is applied by the state-of-the-art ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems work with because its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than information can be read from a hard disk drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of each website stored on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us make a couple of daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for 30 days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but also their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it can often happen with some other file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with 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 differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, particularly with regard 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 is at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In addition to the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they take a lot less space than ordinary backups.