Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the internet hosting field as info filed on HDDs is often compressed in order to take less space. You will find many different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different effectiveness depending on the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The method consumes a lot of processing time, which means that a 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, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The ZFS file system that operates on our cloud hosting platform employs a compression algorithm named LZ4. The latter is substantially faster and better than any other algorithm available on the market, particularly for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk, which improves the overall performance of Internet sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Since the algorithm compresses data very well and it does that very fast, we can generate several backups of all the content stored in the shared hosting accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will take reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work extremely fast, the backup generation will not affect the performance of the web servers where your content will be stored.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, 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 differentiates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is way quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In combination with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them since they take significantly less space compared to ordinary backups.