Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this process is quite important in the internet hosting field because information filed on hard disk drives is usually compressed to take less space. There are various algorithms for compressing data and they offer different efficiency based upon the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This process employs plenty of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An illustration how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting
The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is called LZ4. It can boost the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud web hosting account with us as not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms employed by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backup copies faster and on lower disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. That way, we could always restore the content that you could have removed by accident.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much quicker, particularly 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 a lot of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. Along with the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they take considerably less space than standard backups.