Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and the process is very important in the internet hosting field since information filed on hard disks is generally compressed to take less space. You'll find many different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different efficiency depending on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method uses a lot of processing time, so a hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on our cloud Internet hosting platform uses a compression algorithm named LZ4. The aforementioned is considerably faster and better than every 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 drive, which improves the overall performance of websites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Since the algorithm compresses data quite well and it does that quickly, we are able to generate several backup copies of all the content kept in the web hosting accounts on our servers daily. Both your content and its backups will need reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work extremely fast, the backup generation will not affect the performance of the web hosting servers where your content will be stored.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. Besides the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them as they need significantly less space than conventional backups.