Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and this process is quite important in the web hosting field as information filed on hard disks is typically compressed in order to take less space. There're different algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. The process employs plenty of processing time, therefore a hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account shall be generated works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The gains will be significant especially on compressible content like 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 every site hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make numerous daily backups of the whole content in every single hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account with 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 hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably faster, especially with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform since it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In addition to the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they need a lot less space compared to conventional backups.