Data compression is the compacting of information by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. In this way, the compressed data will require considerably less disk space than the original one, so more content could be stored on the same amount of space. You can find many different compression algorithms which work in different ways and with many of them just the redundant bits are erased, which means that once the info is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others delete unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data later will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a large amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, therefore every web hosting platform that employs compression in real time needs to have sufficient power to support that feature. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is made works by using the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is greater in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it is also a lot quicker. The gains will be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to make a number of daily backups of the full content in every single Internet hosting account, so if you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much faster, especially when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. In combination with the better performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they need significantly less space compared to conventional backups.