Data compression is the compacting of info by reducing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed information will need much less disk space than the initial one, so more content could be stored using the same amount of space. There're many different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with many of them just the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the data is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others erase unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data later will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a significant amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, so every hosting platform that employs compression in real time should have sufficient power to support this attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the actual code.
Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting
The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it is used by the state-of-the-art ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is more advanced than the ones other file systems work with as its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens more quickly than information can be read from a hard disk drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of any Internet site located on a server which uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us generate a number of daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for a month. Not only do the backups take less space, but their generation will not slow the servers down like it can often happen with some other file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably faster, particularly when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In combination with the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them as they take a lot less space than traditional backups.