Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the internet hosting field since info filed on hard drives is generally compressed in order to take less space. There're different algorithms for compressing data and they have different efficiency depending on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. The process needs a lot of processing time, therefore a hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Website Hosting
The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any site hosted in a website hosting account on our end because not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms used by various other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backups faster and on reduced disk space, so we shall have multiple daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. That way, we can always restore all the content that you may have erased by accident.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform because it consists of multiple clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them as they take significantly less space than standard backups.