Data compression is the compacting of information by lowering the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed data will require less disk space than the original one, so more content can be stored on the same amount of space. You can find many different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with many of them only the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the information is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others delete excessive bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a large amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, therefore any hosting platform that uses compression in real time must have sufficient power to support that feature. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the actual code.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud hosting account shall be made uses the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it's also much quicker. The benefits may be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every site hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate multiple daily backups of the full content in every single Internet hosting account, so if you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, in particular with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In combination with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they need significantly less space compared to conventional backups.