Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that information stored on hard disks is typically compressed in order to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This process requires plenty of processing time, which means that a web hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An instance 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 compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a cloud hosting
account on our end because not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms used by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backups more quickly and on reduced disk space, so we will have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always recover any kind of content that you may have removed by mistake.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting
account with our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform because it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In combination with the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them since they need a lot less space compared to ordinary backups.