Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed information takes substantially less disk space than the original one, so more content can be stored using identical amount of space. There are various compression algorithms that work in different ways and with many of them just the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the info is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a significant amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so every Internet hosting platform that uses compression in real time should have ample power to support this feature. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new cloud hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it is used by the revolutionary ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is superior to the ones other file systems employ because its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens faster than info can be read from a hdd. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of every site located on a server which uses the algorithm. We use LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to make several daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and keep them for one month. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation won't slow the servers down like it can often happen with many other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans that we provide are created on a powerful cloud platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that surpasses any other algorithm on the market in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed because LZ4 does that much faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and because of this, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will work faster. We're able to take full advantage of this feature despite of the fact that it requires quite a large amount of CPU processing time because our platform uses a large number of powerful servers working together and we do not make accounts on just a single machine like the majority of companies do. There is another benefit of using LZ4 - considering that it compresses data rather well and does that speedily, we can also generate several daily backup copies of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for a month. By doing this, you will always be able to restore any content that you delete by accident.