Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed data requires much less disk space than the original one, so much more content might be stored using identical amount of space. You can find various 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 erase unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a large amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, therefore every Internet hosting platform that uses compression in real time needs to have adequate power to support this feature. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account shall be made uses the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it is also quicker. The benefits can be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate a large number of daily backups of the entire content in every single Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done 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 Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform which is run on the innovative ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, that is much better than all other algorithms with regard to compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 a lot faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. That's why Internet sites running on a platform which uses LZ4 compression perform better since the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. Another advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep need less space and they are generated a lot quicker, which allows us to have several daily backups of all your files and databases.