Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the internet hosting field because info kept on HDDs is typically compressed to take less space. You will find various algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The method needs plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An instance how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting
The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new shared website hosting account will be created is called LZ4 and it's applied by the cutting-edge ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is superior to the ones other file systems employ 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 as this happens faster than information can be read from a hard disk drive. Because of this, LZ4 improves the performance of each Internet site located on a server that uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to produce several daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and store them for a month. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but also their generation won't slow the servers down like it can often happen with various other file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably faster, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform as it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Besides the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they take a lot less space compared to standard backups.