Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that should be saved or transmitted and the process is rather important in the internet hosting field as information recorded on hard disk drives is generally compressed to take less space. There are many different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different efficiency based upon the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This method uses a lot of processing time, therefore a hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is called LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a cloud hosting account with us since not only does it compress info much better than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform for the reason that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backups quicker and on less disk space, so we can have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore any content that you could have deleted by accident.

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 among the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will speed up any kind of site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the great number of clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take much less space than standard backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.