The term data compression refers to decreasing the number of bits of information which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing data, which means that what will be erased at the time of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the data and the quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find various compression algorithms which are better for different kind of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes plenty of processing time, so the server performing the action needs to have adequate resources in order to be able to process your data fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential 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 Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account will be generated uses the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which a number of other file systems use, but it's also much quicker. The gains may be significant particularly on compressible content like website files. While it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to produce a large number of daily backups of the full content in every single Internet hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform because it consists of multiple clusters working together. Together with the superior performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them because they need considerably less space compared to conventional backups.