Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed information will need less disk space than the initial one, so much more content could be stored using the same amount of space. You will find various compression algorithms that function in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the data is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others delete unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will result in reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a large amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, therefore each and every web hosting platform that uses compression in real time needs to have enough power to support that feature. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud hosting platform where your new cloud website hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it is applied by the exceptional ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems use because its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens quicker than info can be read from a hard disk. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every site located on a server that uses the algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to generate multiple daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and store them for a month. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation does not slow the servers down like it often happens with other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

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