The term data compression refers to decreasing the number of bits of data which needs to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of info, which means that what will be deleted throughout the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the content and its quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find various compression algorithms that are more efficient for various kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes lots of processing time, therefore the server performing the action needs to have sufficient resources to be able to process your data quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud web hosting platform is named LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end as not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms used by alternative file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backup copies much more rapidly and on reduced disk space, so we will have multiple daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. That way, we could always restore the content that you may have erased by mistake.

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 is among the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will accelerate any kind of website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take much less space than regular backups and will be generated much quicker without loading the servers.