The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of data that needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing data, so what will be deleted during the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the data and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find different compression algorithms which are better for various sort of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes plenty of processing time, so the server carrying out the action must have sufficient resources to be able to process the info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud hosting platform where your new website hosting account shall be created is named LZ4 and it's used by the exceptional ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is a lot better than the ones other file systems use as its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data a lot quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens even faster than information can be read from a hard disk drive. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of any site hosted on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to generate a couple of daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but also their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with alternative file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that runs on the advanced ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, that is far better than all the other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 quicker than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk drive. Because of this Internet sites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform faster as the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep take a lot less space and they're generated a lot quicker, which enables us to keep a number of daily backups of all your files and databases.