Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that should be saved or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that info filed on HDDs is often compressed in order to take less space. You will find various algorithms for compressing information and they offer different effectiveness depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The process employs plenty of processing time, so a hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. One example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it is applied by the exceptional ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems use since its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens more quickly than info can be read from a hard drive. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of every Internet site located on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to generate a couple of daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and keep them for 30 days. Not only do our backups take less space, but their generation will not slow the servers down like it can often happen with other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will speed up every site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for one month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.