The term data compression identifies decreasing the number of bits of info that should be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing information, which means that what will be removed during the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the info and the quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find different compression algorithms which are better for different sort of data. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes a lot of processing time, therefore the server carrying out the action should have enough resources in order to be able to process your info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 in the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your web hosting account shall be generated employs the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it's also quicker. The benefits are significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it may sound illogical, 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 boosted. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce multiple daily backups of the entire content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will boost any Internet site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for a month as they will take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.