The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of info that should be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of info, which means that what will be removed in the course of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the data and the quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find various compression algorithms that are more effective for various type of information. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes lots of processing time, so the server performing the action needs to have plenty of resources in order to be able to process your info quick enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can boost the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data much better than algorithms employed by other file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backups faster and on lower disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. That way, we could always restore any kind of content that you may have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans that we offer are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm named LZ4 that exceeds any other algorithm available on the market in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed since LZ4 does that more quickly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk and owing to this, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will function quicker. We're able to benefit from this feature despite of the fact that it requires quite a lot of CPU processing time as our platform uses a wide range of powerful servers working together and we don't create accounts on a single machine like most companies do. There's an additional reward of using LZ4 - since it compresses data very well and does that speedily, we can also generate multiple daily backup copies of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for 30 days. That way, you'll always be able to restore any content that you delete by accident.