Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field because data filed on HDDs is usually compressed in order to take less space. You'll find many different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different efficiency based on the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This method consumes plenty of processing time, therefore a web hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An instance how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The compression algorithm which we use on the cloud web hosting platform where your new shared hosting account shall be created is called LZ4 and it is applied by the exceptional ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems work with 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 since this happens even faster than information can be read from a hard disk drive. Because of this, LZ4 improves the performance of each Internet site hosted on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to make a number of daily backup copies of the full content of all accounts and keep them for 30 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 other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account with our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. In addition to the superior performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they need considerably less space than standard backups.