The term data compression refers to decreasing the number of bits of data that has to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of data, so what will be deleted at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the content and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find various compression algorithms which are better for different sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes lots of processing time, therefore the server performing the action must have sufficient resources in order to be able to process the data fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared hosting account shall be made employs the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is superior in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which a number of other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The gains will be significant especially on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make multiple daily backups of the whole content in each and every web hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last backup that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system which 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 positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the great number of clusters working together as part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for one month as they'll take much less space than typical backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.