Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field due to the fact that info kept on hard disks is typically compressed to take less space. You'll find various algorithms for compressing data and they offer different efficiency depending on the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This method requires a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named 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 data more effectively than algorithms used by other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backups much more rapidly and on reduced disk space, so we will have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always recover all content that you could have erased by mistake.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially when it comes 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 plenty of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. In addition to the superior performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they need considerably less space than traditional backups.