Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the web hosting field because information located on hard disk drives is usually compressed in order to take less space. There are many different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different efficiency based upon the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. The process needs plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. One example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any website hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end because not only does it compress data much better than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backup copies a lot faster and on reduced disk space, so we will have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore all the content that you could have erased by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be created on a cloud platform that is run on the innovative ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, which is much better than all the other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is noticeable 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 hard disk drive. That is why sites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform faster since the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep need less space and are generated a lot quicker, which enables us to have a number of daily backups of your files and databases.