Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field because info kept on hard disks is usually compressed so as to take less space. You will find various algorithms for compressing data and they provide different effectiveness depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The method employs plenty of processing time, so a hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An instance how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The ZFS file system that is run on our cloud Internet hosting platform uses a compression algorithm named LZ4. The aforementioned is a lot faster and better than every other algorithm you can find, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk drive, which improves the performance of Internet sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Since the algorithm compresses data very well and it does that very quickly, we're able to generate several backups of all the content kept in the cloud hosting accounts on our servers every day. Both your content and its backups will need less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very fast, the backup generation will not change the performance of the hosting servers where your content will be kept.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will quicken any website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for a month as they'll take much less space than regular backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.