Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field since info located on HDDs is usually compressed to take less space. There're different algorithms for compressing info and they have different efficiency based upon the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This method consumes plenty of processing time, therefore a hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared website hosting account is made uses the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is greater in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a number of other file systems use, but it's also considerably faster. The benefits can be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. Even though it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate multiple daily backups of the entire content in every single web hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have won't be more than several hours old. This can be done as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Together with the superior performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them as they take a lot less space compared to ordinary backups.