Data compression is the compacting of data by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed information requires much less disk space than the initial one, so extra content can be stored on identical amount of space. You will find various compression algorithms which function in different ways and with a number of them only the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the information is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others remove unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a huge amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, therefore any Internet hosting platform that employs compression in real time must have adequate power to support that feature. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the whole code.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared website hosting account shall be generated uses the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is greater in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it is also much quicker. The benefits are significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce a large number of daily backups of the entire content in each and every hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates 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 disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform as it consists of multiple clusters working together. In addition to the superior performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they take considerably less space compared to traditional backups.