Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is really important in the internet hosting field because information kept on hard disks is usually compressed so as to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This process uses a lot of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be created works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is superior in various aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that similar file systems use, but it is also much faster. The gains will be significant especially on compressible content such as website files. Even though it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers will be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce multiple daily backups of the full content in each hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than several hours old. This is possible as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of our servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
The semi-dedicated server plans that we supply are created on a powerful cloud platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that outperforms any other algorithm out there in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed since LZ4 does that more quickly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and because of this, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will work quicker. We are able to benefit from this feature although it requires quite a great deal of CPU processing time because our platform uses numerous powerful servers working together and we do not create accounts on just a single machine like the vast majority of companies do. There is a further reward of using LZ4 - considering the fact that it compresses data really well and does that very quickly, we can also make multiple daily backups of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for a month. That way, you will always be able to recover any content that you erase by accident.