Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this process is quite important in the web hosting field due to the fact that data recorded on hard disk drives is usually compressed so as to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing info and they offer different efficiency based on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This method requires plenty of processing time, so a web hosting server should be powerful enough so as 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 consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your website hosting account shall be created uses the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also considerably faster. The benefits will be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Although it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce a number of daily backups of the entire content in each hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans which we supply are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm called LZ4 that surpasses any other algorithm available on the market in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed because LZ4 does that much faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and for that reason, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will function at a higher speed. We can take full advantage of the feature regardless of the fact that it needs quite a great deal of CPU processing time as our platform uses many powerful servers working together and we never create accounts on just a single machine like a lot of companies do. There's a further reward of using LZ4 - since it compresses data rather well and does that very quickly, we can also generate multiple daily backups of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for a whole month. In this way, you'll always be able to restore any content that you delete by mistake.