Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the web hosting field since information stored on hard disks is generally compressed so as to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing info and they have different efficiency depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This method requires plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Hosting
The compression algorithm which we use on the cloud hosting platform where your new hosting
account shall be created is named LZ4 and it is used by the cutting-edge ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is superior to the ones other file systems use because its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens quicker than data can be read from a hard disk. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every website stored on a server that uses the algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to make multiple daily backup copies of the full content of all accounts and store them for a month. Not only do the backups take less space, but in addition their generation won't slow the servers down like it can often happen with various other file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting
account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's among the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will boost every Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for one month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be generated considerably faster without loading the servers.