Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which have to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the web hosting field as data filed on HDDs is often compressed to take less space. You will find many different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different efficiency based on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This process employs a lot of processing time, therefore a hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The ZFS file system that operates on our cloud hosting platform uses a compression algorithm identified as LZ4. The latter is a lot faster and better than any other algorithm you can find, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. web content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk, which improves the performance of sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Due to the fact that the algorithm compresses data quite well and it does that very fast, we are able to generate several backup copies of all the content kept in the website hosting accounts on our servers daily. Both your content and its backups will need less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very fast, the backup generation will not influence the performance of the web hosting servers where your content will be stored.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform as it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Along with the superior performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they take a lot less space than standard backups.