The term data compression describes decreasing the number of bits of data that needs to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be removed throughout the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the info and its quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find different compression algorithms that are more effective for different kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes a lot of processing time, therefore the server performing the action should have ample resources to be able to process the data quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared hosting account is created uses the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The gains can be significant especially on compressible content like website files. Although it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of every site hosted on our servers will be better. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce a large number of daily backups of the whole content in each and every hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last backup that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This can be done because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our company, you will 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 differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. Besides the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they need a lot less space compared to standard backups.