The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of info that should be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing data, which means that what will be removed at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the information and its quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. There are various compression algorithms which are more efficient for various sort of data. Compressing and uncompressing data usually takes plenty of processing time, therefore the server performing the action needs to have enough resources in order to be able to process the data fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm which we use on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new website hosting account shall be created is known as LZ4 and it is used by the leading-edge ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems work with because its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data a lot quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens even faster than info can be read from a hard disk. Because of this, LZ4 improves the performance of every website stored on a server that uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us make several daily backups of the full content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with various other file systems.

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 one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for a month as they will take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be generated much quicker without loading the servers.