Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed info will require less disk space than the original one, so much more content can be stored on the same amount of space. You'll find many different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with a number of them just the redundant bits are removed, therefore once the information is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others erase unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a large amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, therefore every Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time needs to have adequate power to support this attribute. An example how info can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the entire code.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The ZFS file system which operates on our cloud Internet hosting platform employs a compression algorithm identified as LZ4. The aforementioned is a lot faster and better than any other algorithm available on the market, 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, which improves the overall performance of websites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Since the algorithm compresses data really well and it does that quickly, we're able to generate several backup copies of all the content stored in the web hosting accounts on our servers every day. Both your content and its backups will require reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work extremely fast, the backup generation will not influence the performance of the hosting servers where your content will be stored.

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 is among the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than standard backups and will be generated considerably quicker without loading the servers.