Data compression is the compacting of info by reducing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed information needs much less disk space than the initial one, so a lot more content might be stored using the same amount of space. There are various compression algorithms that function in different ways and with several of them just the redundant bits are deleted, so once the info is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others remove unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data following that will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a significant amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, therefore each and every Internet hosting platform which employs compression in real time should have adequate power to support that attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be made works by using the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it's also faster. The gains are significant especially on compressible content like website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to make numerous daily backups of the full content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete something by mistake, the last backup that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of the servers.

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 among the best algorithms out there and certainly the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will speed up any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that's provided by the multitude of clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for one month as they will take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be generated much quicker without loading the servers.