The term data compression refers to lowering the number of bits of data which should be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of info, so what will be deleted during the compression will be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the data and the quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find different compression algorithms which are better for various type of information. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes a lot of processing time, so the server performing the action needs to have adequate resources in order to be able to process the info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 in the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account shall be created works by using the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that similar file systems use, but it is also a lot quicker. The benefits will be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Even though it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers will be better. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce a number of daily backups of the full content in every single web hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans which we offer are created on a powerful cloud platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm named LZ4 that surpasses any other algorithm you can find in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed because LZ4 does that faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk and for that reason, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will function quicker. We're able to take advantage of this feature despite of the fact that it requires quite a considerable amount of CPU processing time as our platform uses a huge number of powerful servers working together and we don't create accounts on just a single machine like most companies do. There's an additional advantage of using LZ4 - considering the fact that it compresses data really well and does that very fast, we can also make multiple daily backup copies of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for a whole month. In this way, you will always be able to recover any content that you delete by mistake.