Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed information takes considerably less disk space than the original one, so much more content might be stored on the same amount of space. You will find different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with many of them just the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the information is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others remove excessive bits, but uncompressing the data later will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a significant amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, so every web hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have sufficient power to support that attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm that we use on the cloud web hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account shall be created is named LZ4 and it's used by the exceptional ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems work with as its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens faster than information can be read from a hard drive. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of each site hosted on a server which uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to produce a couple of daily backups of the full content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it can often happen with some other file systems.

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 definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will boost any kind of site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the multitude of clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for one month as they will take much less space than regular backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.