Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field since info filed on HDDs is usually compressed so as to take less space. You can find different algorithms for compressing information and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method uses a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. One example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The ZFS file system that operates on our cloud hosting platform uses a compression algorithm identified as LZ4. The aforementioned is considerably faster and better than every other algorithm out there, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. web content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard drive, which improves the overall performance of websites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. As the algorithm compresses data very well and it does that very fast, we are able to generate several backup copies of all the content stored in the cloud website hosting accounts on our servers every day. Both your content and its backups will need less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work extremely fast, the backup generation will not influence the performance of the web hosting servers where your content will be kept.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created on a cloud platform which is run on the advanced ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, that is significantly better than other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. That is why sites running on a platform that uses LZ4 compression perform faster as the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. Another advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep require a lot less space and they are generated quicker, which allows us to store multiple daily backups of your files and databases.