The term data compression means lowering the number of bits of data which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing data, which means that what will be removed in the course of the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the content and its quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find different compression algorithms that are more efficient for various type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes plenty of processing time, so the server executing the action needs to have plenty of resources in order to be able to process your info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your website hosting account shall be created works by using the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is superior in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it's also faster. The benefits are significant particularly on compressible content like website files. While it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a large number of daily backups of the full content in each and every Internet hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not influence 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 certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will boost every 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 large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take much less space than regular backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.