Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field as information kept on HDDs is generally compressed in order to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing info and they provide different efficiency depending on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This process consumes a lot of processing time, so an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud website hosting account with us since not only does it compress data significantly better than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backups at a higher speed and on less disk space, so we will have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. This way, we could always recover all of the content that you could have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The semi-dedicated server plans which we supply are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that is better than any other algorithm you will find in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed since LZ4 does that more quickly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk and for that reason, websites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will work at a higher speed. We're able to take advantage of this feature regardless of the fact that it needs quite a great deal of CPU processing time because our platform uses a large number of powerful servers working together and we do not make accounts on a single machine like many companies do. There is a further advantage of using LZ4 - considering that it compresses data rather well and does that very quickly, we can also make several daily backup copies of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for 30 days. This way, you can always restore any content that you erase by mistake.