Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this process is really important in the web hosting field since information filed on hard disks is generally compressed in order to take less space. You will find various algorithms for compressing info and they have different efficiency based on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. The method employs a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An 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 Cloud Web Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account will be created works by using the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it is also considerably faster. The benefits can be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate a large number of daily backups of the entire content in each hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last backup that we have will not 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, to not influence the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account with our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is way quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of multiple clusters working together. Along with the better performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them as they take considerably less space than ordinary backups.