The term data compression describes lowering the number of bits of data which has to be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of info, so what will be erased in the course of the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the info and the quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There are different compression algorithms which are better for various kind of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes lots of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action needs to have ample resources in order to be able to process your info fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 in the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your website hosting account will be generated uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is greater in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it's also a lot faster. The benefits may be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Even though it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce a large number of daily backups of the whole content in each and every web hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will quicken every website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that's provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than regular backups and will be generated considerably faster without loading the servers.