Data compression is the compacting of information by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed info requires substantially less disk space than the initial one, so more content could be stored using the same amount of space. You'll find different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with some of them just the redundant bits are deleted, so once the info is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others erase unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data later on will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a huge amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, therefore every web hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have enough power to support that attribute. An example how info can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a website hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data significantly better than algorithms used by various other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform due to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backups quicker and on lower disk space, so we can have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always restore any content that you could 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's among the best algorithms out there and positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will accelerate any kind of website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be generated considerably quicker without loading the servers.