Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the internet hosting field since data filed on hard drives is generally compressed to take less space. There're different algorithms for compressing data and they have different efficiency depending on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This process uses plenty of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your shared hosting account is made employs the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is greater in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that similar file systems use, but it is also faster. The gains can be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. Although it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to make numerous daily backups of the full content in every single Internet hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last backup that we have won't be more than several hours old. This is possible because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the multitude of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take much less space than typical backups and will be created much quicker without loading the servers.