Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and the process is very important in the web hosting field since information filed on hard disks is usually compressed so as to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different effectiveness based upon the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This process employs a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are 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 hosting platform where your new shared hosting account will be created is called LZ4 and it is used by the advanced ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems employ because its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than information can be read from a hard disk. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of any Internet site stored on a server which uses the algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us make a couple of daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but their generation does not slow the servers down like it often happens with some other file systems.

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 most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will quicken every Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for a month as they will take much less space than typical backups and will be created much quicker without loading the servers.