Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field because info located on hard drives is usually compressed so as to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different effectiveness based upon the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This process uses plenty of processing time, therefore 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 could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud hosting account shall be generated works by using the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is better in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a number of other file systems use, but it is also faster. The gains will be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Even though it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers will be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to produce a large number of daily backups of the full content in each and every hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, in particular with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In addition to the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them as they need considerably less space compared to traditional backups.