Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this process is rather important in the web hosting field since info filed on hard drives is usually compressed to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing information and they offer different efficiency based upon the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The method consumes a lot of processing time, so a hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Web Hosting
The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud hosting platform where your new web hosting account shall be created is called LZ4 and it's applied by the revolutionary ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is much better than the ones other file systems work with since its compression ratio is higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens more quickly than data can be read from a hard disk. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of any website stored on a server that uses the algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us produce a number of daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and store them for 30 days. Not only do these backups take less space, but their generation does not slow the servers down like it can often happen with other 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 one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will accelerate any Internet site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that's provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than regular backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.