Data compression is the compacting of info by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed information will take considerably less disk space than the initial one, so a lot more content can be stored using identical amount of space. There're various compression algorithms that work in different ways and with some of them just the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others delete excessive bits, but uncompressing the data following that will result in reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a huge amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, therefore any hosting platform that uses compression in real time needs to have adequate power to support this attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud web hosting platform is named LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any site hosted in a cloud website hosting account with us as not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backups much quicker and on less disk space, so we can have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. This way, we could always recover the content that you may have erased by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, in particular with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In combination with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they take a lot less space compared to traditional backups.