Data compression is the compacting of info by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed information will require less disk space than the original one, so much more content could be stored on identical amount of space. You can find various compression algorithms that function in different ways and with a number of them just the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the data is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others remove excessive bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a significant amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, so each and every hosting platform that uses compression in real time must have ample power to support this attribute. 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 storing the actual code.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm which we use on the cloud hosting platform where your new hosting account shall be created is known as LZ4 and it is applied by the cutting-edge ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is more advanced than the ones other file systems use as its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens even faster than information can be read from a hdd. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of every Internet site located on a server that uses the algorithm. We use LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to make several daily backups of the full content of all accounts and store them for one month. Not only do these backups take less space, but in addition their generation will not slow the servers down like it often happens with some other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This 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. In addition, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they will take much less space than standard backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.