Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that info filed on hard disk drives is typically compressed to take less space. You'll find various algorithms for compressing information and they provide different effectiveness 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 results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The process requires a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm which we employ on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new cloud website hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it's applied by the exceptional ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems use since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens quicker than data can be read from a hdd. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of every site located on a server which uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us generate a number of daily backups of the full content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it often happens with other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will accelerate any site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that's provided by the large number of clusters working together as part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be created much quicker without loading the servers.