Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed info will need substantially less disk space than the initial one, so more content can be stored on identical amount of space. You will find many different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with many of them only the redundant bits are deleted, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others remove excessive bits, but uncompressing the data later on will lead to lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a large amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so any web hosting platform which employs compression in real time must have ample power to support that attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any Internet site hosted in a shared hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info more efficiently than algorithms used by alternative file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backup copies quicker and on lower disk space, so we will have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always restore all content that you may have erased by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than typical backups and will be generated considerably faster without loading the servers.