Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this process is very important in the web hosting field due to the fact that information recorded on hard disk drives is typically compressed in order to take less space. You'll find many different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different efficiency depending on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This method requires a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An instance 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 Web Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is called LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any Internet site hosted in a web hosting account with us since not only does it compress data more efficiently than algorithms employed by other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform considering the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backup copies more rapidly and on reduced disk space, so we can have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. That way, we could always restore any kind of content that you may have erased by accident.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much quicker, particularly with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it consists of multiple clusters working together. In combination with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they need significantly less space compared to ordinary backups.