Data compression is the compacting of information by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed information requires less disk space than the initial one, so a lot more content could be stored using identical amount of space. You'll find different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with many of them only the redundant bits are removed, so once the information is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others erase excessive bits, but uncompressing the data following that will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a large amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, therefore any Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time should have enough power to support this attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account is made employs the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it's also considerably quicker. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the full content in every single Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last backup that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that runs on the leading-edge ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, that is significantly better than other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk drive. This is the reason why sites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform better because the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. One more advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep need less space and they are generated a lot faster, which allows us to keep several daily backups of all your files and databases.