Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and the process is rather important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that info recorded on hard disks is typically compressed in order to take less space. You will find many different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different efficiency based on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The process consumes a lot of processing time, so a hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. One example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared hosting account will be created uses the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is superior in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that a number of other file systems use, but it's also quicker. The gains are significant particularly on compressible content like website files. Despite the fact that it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers will be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to make a number of daily backups of the whole content in each Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created on a cloud platform that is run on the leading-edge ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, which is much better than all the other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. This is the reason why sites running on a platform which uses LZ4 compression perform better since the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep require a lot less space and they are generated faster, which allows us to have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases.