The term data compression identifies decreasing the number of bits of info which has to be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be removed in the course of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the content and the quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. There are various compression algorithms that are more efficient for various sort of info. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server performing the action should have adequate resources in order to be able to process the data quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm which we employ on the cloud web hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it is applied by the exceptional ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems work with as its compression ratio is higher and it processes data a lot quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens quicker than data can be read from a hard disk drive. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of any website stored on a server which uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to generate several daily backup copies of the full content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do the backups take less space, but in addition their generation will not slow the servers down like it can often happen with various other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform which runs on the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, which is far better than alternative algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is noticeable particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much quicker than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. That's why websites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform faster because the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep require less space and they are generated a lot faster, which enables us to keep a couple of daily backups of your files and databases.