Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the web hosting field because information recorded on hard disk drives is typically compressed so as to take less space. There are various algorithms for compressing information and they provide different effectiveness based upon the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This method needs plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is named LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any site hosted in a cloud hosting account with us since not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms used by various file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backup copies faster and on reduced disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always recover the content that you could have erased by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that runs using the advanced ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, that is far better than all other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 a lot faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. That's why Internet sites running on a platform that employs LZ4 compression perform faster because the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep need much less space and are generated a lot faster, which allows us to store a couple of daily backups of your files and databases.