Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and the process is rather important in the internet hosting field as data kept on hard disks is often compressed to take less space. There are many different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different effectiveness based upon the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The process consumes plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. One example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can improve the performance of any Internet site hosted in a website hosting account on our end as not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms used by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backup copies much more rapidly and on reduced disk space, so we can have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore all the content that you could have erased by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably faster, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that's not an issue for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them since they need a lot less space compared to traditional backups.