Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the web hosting field as information kept on hard disk drives is often compressed in order to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This process requires a lot of processing time, which means that a web hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your website hosting account will be generated works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The gains are significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate a large number of daily backups of the whole content in every single hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last backup which we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be created on a cloud platform that runs using the innovative ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, that is far better than alternative 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 quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. Because of this websites running on a platform which uses LZ4 compression perform better because the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. Another advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep take a lot less space and they're generated a lot quicker, which allows us to store a couple of daily backups of all your files and databases.