Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field due to the fact that data kept on HDDs is generally compressed in order to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing info and they provide different efficiency depending on the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This process requires a lot of processing time, so an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform uses a compression algorithm called LZ4. The aforementioned is substantially faster and better than any other algorithm you will find, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data quicker than it is read from a hard disk drive, which improves the performance of Internet sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. As the algorithm compresses data really well and it does that very quickly, we are able to generate several backup copies of all the content stored in the cloud hosting accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will require reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work extremely fast, the backup generation will not change the performance of the web servers where your content will be kept.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will speed up any site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the large number 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 a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.