The term data compression means reducing the number of bits of information which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing information, which means that what will be erased in the course of the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the info and its quality will be the same, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. There are various compression algorithms which are more effective for various type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes a lot of processing time, so the server carrying out the action must have sufficient resources in order to be able to process the info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account shall be made works by using the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is greater in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it is also faster. The gains are significant in particular on compressible content like website files. Despite the fact that it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers shall be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate numerous daily backups of the full content in each web hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last backup which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence 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's one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that's provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for a month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than regular backups and will be generated considerably faster without loading the servers.