Data compression is the compacting of information by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed info takes much less disk space than the original one, so much more content can be stored using the same amount of space. There are various compression algorithms which work in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are removed, so once the information is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others remove unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a large amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so any Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time should have adequate power to support this attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud hosting platform where your new cloud website hosting account shall be created is called LZ4 and it is applied by the revolutionary ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems employ 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 even faster than data can be read from a hard disk drive. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of any site stored on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to make several daily backup copies of the full content of all accounts and store them for one month. Not only do these backups take less space, but their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with some other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with 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 hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, particularly when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In addition to the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them as they take considerably less space compared to ordinary backups.