The term data compression identifies reducing the number of bits of information which should be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of info, so what will be removed at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the info and the quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find various compression algorithms which are better for different kind of info. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes a lot of processing time, so the server performing the action should have ample resources to be able to process the data fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any website hosted in a hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backups more rapidly and on reduced disk space, so we will have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always restore all the content that you may have removed by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans that we offer are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that is superior to any other algorithm you will find in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed because LZ4 does that much faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and owing to this, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will work faster. We are able to take full advantage of this feature regardless of the fact that it needs quite a considerable amount of CPU processing time as our platform uses a lot of powerful servers working together and we do not make accounts on a single machine like the majority of companies do. There's one more reward of using LZ4 - considering the fact that it compresses data very well and does that extremely fast, we can also make multiple daily backups of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. By doing this, you'll always be able to bring back any content that you delete by mistake.