Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the internet hosting field because data kept on hard disk drives is usually compressed in order to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing information and they offer different efficiency depending on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. The method uses a lot of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An instance how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new shared hosting account shall be created is named LZ4 and it is applied by the cutting-edge ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems work with because its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than information can be read from a hard drive. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of each Internet site hosted on a server which uses the algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us make a number of daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for 30 days. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but also their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with various other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our firm, you'll be able to 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 distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, in particular with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of multiple clusters working together. Together with the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them as they need considerably less space compared to ordinary backups.