Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. In this way, the compressed information will take much less disk space than the original one, so additional content might be stored using the same amount of space. There are many different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with a number of them just the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the info is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others remove unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data following that will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a large amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, therefore each and every Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have sufficient power to support this feature. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the actual code.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can boost the performance of any Internet site hosted in a hosting account on our end because not only does it compress info more efficiently than algorithms employed by various file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform for the reason that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backup copies much more rapidly and on lower disk space, so we will have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore all the content that you could have deleted by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's among the best algorithms out there and positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will speed up any kind of website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the great number of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for one month as they will take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be generated considerably quicker without loading the servers.