Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which have to be saved or transmitted and this process is quite important in the internet hosting field since data stored on hard drives is generally compressed so as to take less space. You can find different algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The method requires plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are 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 will be made employs the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is superior in many 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 may be significant especially on compressible content like website files. While it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce numerous daily backups of the whole content in every single hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform as it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Besides the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they take significantly less space than ordinary backups.