Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that info stored on hard drives is usually compressed to take less space. There're many different algorithms for compressing information and they offer different effectiveness based on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This process requires a lot of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your shared website hosting account will be created uses the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also faster. The benefits may be significant particularly on compressible content like website files. Although it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to make multiple daily backups of the full content in each hosting account, so if you delete anything by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of the servers.
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 among the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will accelerate any website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that is provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for one month as they will take a smaller amount of space than regular backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.