Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and this process is quite important in the internet hosting field since info located on hard disk drives is generally compressed to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing information and they offer different effectiveness based on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The process needs a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new shared hosting account shall be created is known as LZ4 and it is applied by the revolutionary ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems employ as its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens even faster than information can be read from a hard drive. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of each Internet site stored on a server that uses the algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to generate a couple of daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it often happens with various other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for a month as they will take much less space than regular backups and will be created much faster without loading the servers.