The term data compression describes reducing the number of bits of data which has to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of information, which means that what will be removed in the course of the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the information and its quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find different compression algorithms which are more efficient for various kind of information. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server performing the action must have plenty of resources to be able to process your info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm that we employ on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new website hosting account shall be created is known as LZ4 and it's applied by the advanced ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems employ as its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens quicker than data can be read from a hard drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every Internet site located on a server that uses the algorithm. We use LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us generate several daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do our backups take less space, but also their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it can often happen with other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that 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 positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will accelerate any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take much less space than regular backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.