Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed info will need much less disk space than the original one, so more content might be stored on the same amount of space. You'll find many different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with many of them just the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others remove unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data later will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a huge amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so every web hosting platform that employs compression in real time needs to have ample power to support that feature. An example how info can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be generated employs the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is better in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which some other file systems use, but it's also faster. The benefits may be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to make a large number of daily backups of the whole content in each web hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last backup that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be created on a cloud platform that is run on the advanced ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, that is far better than all the other algorithms when it comes to compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much quicker than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. This is why websites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform better as the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep need significantly less space and they are generated a lot quicker, which allows us to have multiple daily backups of all your files and databases.