The term data compression identifies decreasing the number of bits of info which should be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of info, so what will be removed at the time of the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the data and the quality will be identical, whereas 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 normally takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server executing the action should have enough resources in order to be able to process the data quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any Internet site hosted in a shared hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms employed by other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backup copies much quicker and on less disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. That way, we could always restore any content that you could have removed by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better 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 websites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it consists of numerous clusters working together. Together with the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them since they take a lot less space than standard backups.