The term data compression means reducing the number of bits of data which should be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of data, so what will be erased throughout the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the info and the quality shall be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find various compression algorithms that are more effective for various kind of information. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes plenty of processing time, so the server executing the action should have adequate resources in order to be able to process your info quick enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is created works by using the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it is also considerably faster. The benefits can be significant in particular on compressible content like website files. While it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce multiple daily backups of the full content in each and every web hosting account, so if you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that is run on the innovative ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, that is far better than all other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is significant particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 quicker than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. This is the reason why websites running on a platform that uses LZ4 compression perform better since the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. Another advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep require significantly less space and they are generated a lot faster, which allows us to keep several daily backups of all your files and databases.