Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the internet hosting field because information kept on hard drives is generally compressed so as to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing information and they offer different efficiency based on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. The method employs a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your shared hosting account is generated works by using the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in many aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it is also a lot quicker. The gains will be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. Even though it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers will be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate a number of daily backups of the entire content in every single web hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change 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's 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 will uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will accelerate any kind of site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for a month as they will take a smaller amount of space than regular backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.