The term data compression identifies decreasing the number of bits of data which should be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing info, so what will be deleted in the course of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the content and the quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. There're different compression algorithms which are more effective for different sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action should have enough resources to be able to process your data fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can improve the performance of any site hosted in a shared web hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data significantly better than algorithms used by various file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backup copies more rapidly and on reduced disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. That way, we could always recover all the content that you may have deleted by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, particularly with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In combination with the better performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them as they take significantly less space than standard backups.