Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. In this way, the compressed info will take much less disk space than the original one, so extra content might be stored on identical amount of space. You'll find many different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with several of them just the redundant bits are removed, so once the info is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data later will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a large amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so each and every Internet hosting platform that uses compression in real time needs to have adequate power to support this feature. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the entire code.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your website hosting account will be generated uses the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The benefits can be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Although it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of any website hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce multiple daily backups of the full content in each hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If 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 which is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Besides the superior performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them as they need significantly less space than standard backups.