The term data compression identifies decreasing the number of bits of information that has to be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of information, which means that what will be deleted 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 the quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. There're different compression algorithms which are more effective for different kind of information. Compressing and uncompressing data usually takes lots of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action must have plenty of resources in order to be able to process the data fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any Internet site hosted in a web hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms used by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backup copies more quickly and on reduced disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. This way, we could always restore all the content that you may have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans that we offer are created on a powerful cloud platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm called LZ4 that is greater than any other algorithm on the market in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed because 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 advantage of the feature although it requires quite a great deal of CPU processing time as our platform uses a large number of powerful servers working together and we don't make accounts on just a single machine like most companies do. There is another advantage of using LZ4 - since it compresses data very well and does that very quickly, we can also generate several daily backups of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for a whole month. By doing this, you'll always be able to recover any content that you erase by accident.