Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the web hosting field since info located on hard disk drives is usually compressed in order to take less space. You'll find various algorithms for compressing information and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. The method requires plenty of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform uses a compression algorithm identified as LZ4. The aforementioned is a lot faster and better than every other algorithm you'll find, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. web content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk, which improves the overall performance of websites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Because the algorithm compresses data very well and it does that very quickly, we're able to generate several backups of all the content stored in the shared web hosting accounts on our servers daily. Both your content and its backups will require less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very quickly, the backup generation will not affect the performance of the servers where your content will be stored.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In addition to the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them since they need considerably less space than standard backups.