Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is really important in the web hosting field since information filed on hard drives is usually compressed so as to take less space. You'll find various algorithms for compressing info and they have different efficiency depending on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This process requires plenty of processing time, therefore a hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An illustration how binary code may 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 cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be created employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also a lot faster. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content like website files. While it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce multiple daily backups of the entire content in each and every web hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account with our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much faster, particularly with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform as it consists of multiple clusters working together. In combination with the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them since they take considerably less space than conventional backups.