The term data compression describes reducing the number of bits of data that needs to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of information, so what will be removed at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the content and the quality shall be identical, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. There're various compression algorithms which are more effective for different type of info. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes a lot of processing time, therefore the server performing the action should have plenty of resources to be able to process the data fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is created employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it is also faster. The benefits are significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Although it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make a number of daily backups of the whole content in each and every Internet hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last backup which we have will not be more than a few hours old. This can be done because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account with our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much quicker, in particular with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In combination with the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them since they take a lot less space than traditional backups.