Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field because info located on hard disks is generally compressed to take less space. There're different algorithms for compressing information and they offer different efficiency based on the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This process employs a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any site hosted in a shared website hosting account with us because not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms used by various other file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backups much more quickly and on reduced disk space, so we shall have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. This way, we could always restore any content that you could have removed by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's among the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will boost every site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that 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'll take much less space than typical backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.