The term data compression identifies reducing the number of bits of info that has to be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing information, which means that what will be deleted during the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the info and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You'll find various compression algorithms that are more effective for various type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes plenty of processing time, so the server executing the action should have adequate resources to be able to process your data quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm that we use on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new website hosting account will be created is called LZ4 and it's applied by the cutting-edge ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is more advanced than the ones other file systems employ as its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data a lot quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than info can be read from a hard disk drive. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of every website located on a server which uses the algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us generate several daily backup copies of the full content of all accounts and keep them for a month. Not only do our backups take less space, but their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with some other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will quicken every Internet site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for one month as they will take a reduced amount of space than regular backups and will be created much faster without loading the servers.