The term data compression describes lowering the number of bits of data which has to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of info, so what will be deleted in the course of the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the data and the quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There are various compression algorithms that are more efficient for different type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes lots of processing time, which means that the server performing the action needs to have sufficient resources in order to be able to process the info quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your web hosting account shall be created uses the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The gains will be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every site hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the whole content in each hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account with our company, 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 separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much faster, particularly with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Besides the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they need significantly less space than standard backups.