The term data compression refers to decreasing the number of bits of info that has to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of information, which means that what will be erased in the course of the compression will be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the information and the quality shall be the same, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find various compression algorithms that are more effective for different type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes plenty of processing time, therefore the server carrying out the action needs to have plenty of resources in order to be able to process your info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared hosting account shall be made employs the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also considerably quicker. The gains can be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a large number of daily backups of the whole content in each and every hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This can be done because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not affect the performance of our servers.

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 positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will boost any Internet site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they will take much less space than standard backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.