Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed information will take less disk space than the original one, so extra content can be stored using identical amount of space. There are many different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with a number of them just the redundant bits are removed, so once the info is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others remove unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a significant amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, therefore every hosting platform which uses compression in real time needs to have ample power to support that feature. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the entire code.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is named LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any Internet site hosted in a hosting account on our end as not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms employed by various file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backups a lot faster and on less disk space, so we will have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always recover any content that you could have deleted by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that is provided by the multitude of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for one month as they will take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be generated much faster without loading the servers.