Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field because information filed on hard drives is usually compressed in order to take less space. You'll find different algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. The method employs plenty of processing time, therefore a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm that we use on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account shall be created is known as LZ4 and it's used by the cutting-edge ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems employ as its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens even faster than info can be read from a hard disk drive. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every website hosted on a server which uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to produce several daily backup copies of the full content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation does not slow the servers down like it can often happen with alternative file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case 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 which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably faster, particularly with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In addition to the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they need significantly less space than ordinary backups.