Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and the process is quite important in the internet hosting field because data recorded on hard disks is usually compressed so as to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing information and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This method consumes a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can boost the performance of any website hosted in a cloud web hosting account on our end as not only does it compress info much better than algorithms employed by other file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved 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. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backups more speedily and on lower disk space, so we shall have multiple daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore all of the content that you could have removed by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's among 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 a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will accelerate every Internet site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that's provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for one month as they will take much less space than regular backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.