The term data compression refers to reducing the number of bits of information that needs to be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of information, which means that what will be deleted in the course of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the info and its quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. There're various compression algorithms which are better for different type of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server performing the action must have adequate resources in order to be able to process your info quick enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data much better than algorithms used by alternative file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform considering that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backups more rapidly and on lower disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. That way, we could always recover all the content that you may have erased by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans that we provide are created on a powerful cloud platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm named LZ4 that outperforms any other algorithm you can find in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed since LZ4 does that quicker than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk and as a result, websites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will work faster. We can benefit from this feature although it needs quite a great deal of CPU processing time as our platform uses a huge number of powerful servers working together and we do not create accounts on a single machine like most companies do. There's one more benefit of using LZ4 - considering that it compresses data very well and does that speedily, we can also generate multiple daily backup copies of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for a month. This way, you'll always be able to bring back any content that you delete by mistake.