Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the web hosting field because info filed on hard disks is often compressed to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness depending on the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. The process consumes plenty of processing time, so a web hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm that we employ on the cloud web hosting platform where your new website hosting account shall be created is called LZ4 and it is used by the cutting-edge ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems employ because its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens faster than data can be read from a hard disk. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every website hosted on a server that uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to produce a number of daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do these backups take less space, but in addition their generation won't slow the servers down like it can often happen with many other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform which is run on the advanced ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, which is far better than other algorithms when it comes to compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 a lot faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk. That is why sites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform better because the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep require much less space and they're generated a lot quicker, which enables us to store several daily backups of all your files and databases.