The term data compression describes reducing the number of bits of data which has to be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing information, so what will be removed at the time of the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the info and its quality will be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. There're different compression algorithms which are more efficient for different sort of data. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes a lot of processing time, therefore the server executing the action should have sufficient resources in order to be able to process your data fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any Internet site hosted in a hosting account with us as not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms used by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backup copies more speedily and on lower disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. That way, we could always recover any kind of content that you may have deleted by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will boost any Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for one month as they will take much less space than regular backups and will be generated much faster without loading the servers.