Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the web hosting field because info kept on HDDs is generally compressed so as to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing data and they provide different efficiency based on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This method needs a lot of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An instance 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 Website Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new shared website hosting account shall be created is called LZ4 and it is applied by the cutting-edge ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems use as its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens at a faster rate than information can be read from a hard disk drive. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of any site located on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio let us generate multiple daily backups of the full content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it can often happen with various other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will accelerate any site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than regular backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.