The term data compression means decreasing the number of bits of data that has to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing data, which means that what will be deleted at the time of the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the content and the quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find various compression algorithms that are more effective for various kind of information. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes lots of processing time, therefore the server performing the action should have adequate resources to be able to process your data fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm which we employ on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it is applied by the advanced ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems use because its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens faster than information can be read from a hard disk. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every website hosted on a server that uses the algorithm. We use LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us produce a number of daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and store them for a month. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but also their generation won't slow the servers down like it can often happen with many other file systems.

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 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 can uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for a month as they will take much less space than standard backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.