Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the internet hosting field because information located on HDDs is generally compressed in order to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing data and they provide different effectiveness based upon the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This method uses a lot of processing time, which means that a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a shared web hosting account on our end as not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform considering that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backups faster and on lower disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always recover all content that you could have erased by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform which runs on the innovative ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, that's far better than other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. Because of this sites running on a platform that uses LZ4 compression perform faster since the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep take much less space and are generated faster, which enables us to have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases.