The term data compression refers to decreasing the number of bits of information which should be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing information, so what will be erased in the course of the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the information and the quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There're various compression algorithms that are more effective for various sort of data. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server performing the action must have adequate resources in order to be able to process the info quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your hosting account shall be made works by using the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it is also a lot faster. The gains will be significant especially on compressible content such as website files. Despite the fact that it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers will be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate multiple daily backups of the whole content in every single Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last backup that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.

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's one of the best algorithms out there and positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will quicken any site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.