Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this process is really important in the web hosting field since info located on hard disks is usually compressed so as to take less space. There're different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness based on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method uses a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An instance how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your shared hosting account is generated uses the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it's also considerably faster. The gains may be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate numerous daily backups of the full content in each and every Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence 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 one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web 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 disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that's provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for a month as they will take a reduced amount of space than typical backups and will be generated much faster without loading the servers.