Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the web hosting field as info kept on hard disks is typically compressed to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. The process requires a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be generated employs the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also faster. The gains will be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers will be better. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce a large number of daily backups of the entire content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done because the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much faster, particularly with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. Along with the superior performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them because they take considerably less space than ordinary backups.