Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the internet hosting field because information recorded on hard drives is usually compressed in order to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different efficiency based on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This method requires a lot of processing time, so a hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm that we employ on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new cloud hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it's used by the leading-edge ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is much better than the ones other file systems use as its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens more quickly than info can be read from a hard disk drive. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every website located on a server which uses this algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to make a number of daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but also their generation does not slow the servers down like it can often happen with alternative file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The semi-dedicated server plans that we offer are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that is superior to any other algorithm these days in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed as LZ4 does that much faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and owing to this, websites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will function faster. We are able to take advantage of the feature despite of the fact that it requires quite a great deal of CPU processing time because our platform uses many powerful servers working together and we never make accounts on just a single machine like the majority of companies do. There is another reward of using LZ4 - considering the fact that it compresses data rather well and does that speedily, we can also generate multiple daily backups of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. That way, you will always be able to restore any content that you erase by accident.