Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that info filed on hard disk drives is often compressed in order to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing information and they have different efficiency based on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The process employs plenty of processing time, so a web hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting
The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account is made uses the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is superior in many aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also much faster. The benefits are significant especially on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce a large number of daily backups of the entire content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
Your semi-dedicated server account shall be created on a cloud platform which runs on the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, that's much better than all the other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk drive. That is why sites running on a platform which uses LZ4 compression perform better as the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep require less space and are generated a lot quicker, which allows us to store multiple daily backups of all your files and databases.