Data compression is the compacting of info by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed information needs less disk space than the initial one, so additional content might be stored using identical amount of space. You will find different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with several of them only the redundant bits are removed, so once the data is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others delete excessive bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a huge amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, so every Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have enough power to support that feature. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account will be made works by using the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it is also a lot faster. The benefits are significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of every 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 whole content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans which we provide are created on a powerful cloud platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS uses a compression algorithm named LZ4 that surpasses any other algorithm available on the market in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed since LZ4 does that more quickly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and for that reason, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will work at a higher speed. We can benefit from this feature although it requires quite a considerable amount of CPU processing time because our platform uses a huge number of powerful servers working together and we never create accounts on a single machine like many companies do. There is a further benefit of using LZ4 - since it compresses data really well and does that very fast, we can also make several daily backup copies of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. In this way, you will always be able to bring back any content that you erase by mistake.