Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed information will need considerably less disk space than the initial one, so additional content can be stored on the same amount of space. You will find many different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with a number of them just the redundant bits are removed, therefore once the info is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others remove unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a large amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so every hosting platform which employs compression in real time must have adequate power to support this attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the entire code.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your shared website hosting account will be made works by using the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is superior in many aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it is also considerably quicker. The benefits may be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. Despite the fact that it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce a large number of daily backups of the full content in each and every Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be created on a cloud platform that runs on the innovative ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, that's a lot better than various other algorithms when it comes to compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 quicker than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. This is why sites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform better because the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep need significantly less space and they are generated a lot quicker, which allows us to keep a number of daily backups of your files and databases.