Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this process is rather important in the web hosting field since data located on hard disk drives is typically compressed in order to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing information and they offer different efficiency depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The method consumes plenty of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server has to 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, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your web hosting account shall be made uses the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The benefits can be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any website hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to make numerous daily backups of the full content in every single Internet hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.

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's one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will accelerate any kind of website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that's provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for a month as they will take much less space than typical backups and will be generated much quicker without loading the servers.