Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that should be saved or transmitted and the process is really important in the internet hosting field because information stored on hard disks is often compressed so as to take less space. There are various algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness based on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The process uses a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm that we use on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account will be created is called LZ4 and it is applied by the exceptional ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is more advanced than the ones other file systems work with since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens more quickly than data can be read from a hdd. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of any 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 produce multiple daily backup copies of the full content of all accounts and store them for 30 days. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation does not slow the servers down like it often happens with alternative file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, particularly when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Together with the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they take considerably less space than standard backups.