Data compression is the compacting of data by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed information will need considerably less disk space than the original one, so a lot more content can be stored on identical amount of space. You will find many different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are removed, therefore once the info is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a large amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, therefore any Internet hosting platform that employs compression in real time should have ample power to support this attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your hosting account shall be generated uses the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is superior in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it is also much quicker. The gains are significant especially on compressible content such as website files. Although it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to make numerous daily backups of the whole content in every single Internet hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that 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 certainly the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that's provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.