Data compression is the compacting of info by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed info will take substantially less disk space than the original one, so much more content can be stored on identical amount of space. There are different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with several of them just the redundant bits are removed, so once the info is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a significant amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so each and every hosting platform which employs compression in real time needs to have enough power to support this attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any website hosted in a cloud web hosting account on our end because not only does it compress data much better than algorithms employed by other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backups much more quickly and on reduced disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always restore any content that you could have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably faster, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform as it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Along with the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them as they need considerably less space than standard backups.