Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the web hosting field since data filed on hard drives is generally compressed so as to take less space. You will find many different algorithms for compressing information and they have different efficiency based upon the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when your data is uncompressed. The process needs a lot of processing time, which means that a hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An instance how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Hosting
The cloud internet hosting platform where your shared hosting account shall be made employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it is also a lot quicker. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Although it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of any website hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to produce numerous daily backups of the whole content in each web hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of our servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account from 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 web hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In combination with the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they need considerably less space compared to traditional backups.