Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that have to be saved or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that info stored on hard disks is generally compressed to take less space. There're many different algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The method uses a lot of processing time, so an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account is made works by using the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is greater in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it's also a lot faster. The gains may be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Even though it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any website hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce a number of daily backups of the full content in each hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created on a cloud platform that is run on the leading-edge ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, that's significantly better than other algorithms with regard to compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 a lot faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. Because of this sites running on a platform that employs LZ4 compression perform faster since the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep require much less space and they're generated a lot quicker, which enables us to store a couple of daily backups of your files and databases.