Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and the process is quite important in the internet hosting field since information recorded on hard drives is typically compressed in order to take less space. You will find many different algorithms for compressing data and they have different efficiency based upon the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. The method consumes plenty of processing time, therefore a hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An instance how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The ZFS file system which runs on our cloud Internet hosting platform uses a compression algorithm identified as LZ4. The aforementioned is substantially faster and better than any other algorithm you'll find, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk, which improves the performance of websites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Because the algorithm compresses data really well and it does that very fast, we can generate several backups of all the content stored in the shared hosting accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will require reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very quickly, the backup generation will not change the performance of the servers where your content will be stored.

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's one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a higher speed 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. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that's provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for one month as they will take much less space than typical backups and will be generated considerably faster without loading the servers.