The term data compression describes reducing the number of bits of info which has to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of information, so what will be deleted in the course of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the content and its quality shall be identical, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. There are various compression algorithms which are more efficient for various type of information. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes lots of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action needs to have sufficient resources in order to be able to process your info fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The ZFS file system that is run on our cloud hosting platform employs a compression algorithm named LZ4. The latter is considerably faster and better than every other algorithm you'll find, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. web content. LZ4 even uncompresses data quicker than it is read from a hard disk drive, which improves the overall performance of Internet sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Due to the fact that the algorithm compresses data really well and it does that very fast, we can generate several backups of all the content stored in the shared website hosting accounts on our servers daily. Both your content and its backups will require less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very quickly, the backup generation will not influence the performance of the hosting servers where your content will be kept.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much faster, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they need significantly less space than traditional backups.