Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed data needs much less disk space than the original one, so extra content could be stored using identical amount of space. You can find different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with many of them only the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the info is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase excessive bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a significant amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so each and every web hosting platform which employs compression in real time should have ample power to support this attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to replace 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 Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new cloud website hosting account will be created is named LZ4 and it is applied by the revolutionary ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is much better than the ones other file systems work with as its compression ratio is higher and it processes data significantly faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens faster than info can be read from a hard disk drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of every Internet site located on a server which uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to make several daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and store them for one month. Not only do the backups take less space, but also their generation won't slow the servers down like it can often happen with many other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will boost any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the large number of clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for a month as they'll take much less space than regular backups and will be created much faster without loading the servers.