Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and the process is rather important in the web hosting field since data kept on HDDs is usually compressed in order to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The method needs a lot of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can improve the performance of any Internet site hosted in a shared hosting
account on our end as not only does it compress info much better than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform for the reason that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backup copies much more rapidly and on less disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. That way, we can always restore all the content that you may have removed by accident.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting
account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will quicken any website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they will take much less space than typical backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.