Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that have to be saved or transmitted and the process is quite important in the web hosting field as information filed on hard disk drives is generally compressed in order to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This method consumes a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. One example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The compression algorithm that we employ on the cloud web hosting platform where your new cloud hosting account will be created is named LZ4 and it's used by the state-of-the-art ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is superior to the ones other file systems work with since its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than info can be read from a hard drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every website located on a server that uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us generate a number of daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and keep them for 30 days. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but their generation does not slow the servers down like it often happens with alternative file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's among the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will speed up every site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for a month as they will take a reduced amount of space than typical backups and will be generated considerably quicker without loading the servers.