Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and the process is rather important in the internet hosting field since data recorded on hard disks is typically compressed in order to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different efficiency depending on the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. The process uses plenty of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The ZFS file system that is run on our cloud web hosting platform employs a compression algorithm called LZ4. The latter is a lot faster and better than every other algorithm out there, 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, which improves the performance of Internet sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Due to the fact that the algorithm compresses data really well and it does that quickly, we are able to generate several backups of all the content kept in the website 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 quickly, the backup generation will not affect the performance of the web servers where your content will be stored.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created on a cloud platform that runs using the innovative ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, that's a lot better than various other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is significant particularly 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 drive. That is why websites running on a platform which uses LZ4 compression perform faster since the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep take less space and they are generated faster, which enables us to keep a couple of daily backups of your files and databases.