The term data compression describes lowering the number of bits of data that should be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing data, which means that what will be removed at the time of the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the information and its quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find different compression algorithms which are more efficient for various sort of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes lots of processing time, therefore the server performing the action must have enough resources to be able to process your data quick 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 instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud web hosting platform is called LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms used by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal 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 allows us to generate backup copies much more quickly and on less disk space, so we will have multiple daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. That way, we could always recover all the content that you could have deleted by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans which we provide are created on a powerful cloud platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS uses a compression algorithm named LZ4 that is superior to any other algorithm you can find in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed as LZ4 does that faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and owing to this, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will work faster. We're able to take full advantage of the feature despite of the fact that it needs quite a large amount of CPU processing time because our platform uses a huge number of powerful servers working together and we do not make accounts on just a single machine like the vast majority of companies do. There's another reward of using LZ4 - given that it compresses data very well and does that very quickly, we can also make multiple daily backups of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for 30 days. By doing this, you will always be able to recover any content that you delete by mistake.