Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this process is rather important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that information filed on hard drives is generally compressed so as to take less space. You can find different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different effectiveness based on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This process needs a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared web hosting account shall be made employs the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is greater in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it is also considerably quicker. The gains will be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. While it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to produce numerous daily backups of the full content in every single Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The semi-dedicated server plans which we supply are created on a powerful cloud platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm called LZ4 that surpasses any other algorithm available on the market in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed as LZ4 does that more quickly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and for that reason, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will function quicker. We can take full advantage of this feature regardless of the fact that it requires quite a great deal of CPU processing time as our platform uses a huge number of powerful servers working together and we don't make accounts on a single machine like the vast majority of companies do. There's one more advantage of using LZ4 - considering that it compresses data very well and does that very quickly, we can also make multiple daily backup copies of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. In this way, you will always be able to bring back any content that you delete by mistake.