The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of information that has to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be deleted at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the data and the quality shall be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find various compression algorithms that are more efficient for various type of info. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes lots of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action must have adequate resources to be able to process your info quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any site hosted in a shared website hosting account with us since not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms used by various other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backup copies more quickly and on less disk space, so we can have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. That way, we can always restore any content that you may have erased by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created on a cloud platform that runs on the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, that's much better than other algorithms with regard to compression ratio and speed. The gain is noticeable especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 a lot faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. This is the reason why Internet sites running on a platform that uses LZ4 compression perform faster as the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. One more advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep take less space and are generated quicker, which allows us to keep a number of daily backups of all your files and databases.