The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of information which should be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be erased in the course of the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the info and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There are different compression algorithms which are more efficient for different sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes plenty of processing time, so the server performing the action needs to have enough resources to be able to process the info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The ZFS file system which operates on our cloud web hosting platform employs a compression algorithm identified as LZ4. The latter is substantially faster and better than every other algorithm available on the market, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. web content. LZ4 even uncompresses data quicker than it is read from a hard disk, which improves the overall performance of sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Due to the fact that the algorithm compresses data very well and it does that quickly, we can generate several backups of all the content stored in the cloud website hosting accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will require less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very fast, the backup generation will not influence the performance of the web servers where your content will be kept.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform which is run on the advanced ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, which is significantly better than all the other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 a lot faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. That is why Internet sites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform faster as the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep take less space and are generated a lot faster, which allows us to store a couple of daily backups of all your files and databases.