Data compression is the compacting of info by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed information needs substantially less disk space than the original one, so a lot more content might be stored on the same amount of space. You will find many different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with many of them just the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the info is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a huge amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, so any Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have adequate power to support that attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the actual code.

Data Compression in Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your hosting account will be made employs the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which some other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The gains are significant particularly on compressible content like website files. While it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to generate numerous daily backups of the whole content in each Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last backup that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will accelerate any website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.