The term data compression describes lowering the number of bits of data which needs to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing data, which means that what will be removed throughout the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the information and the quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There are various compression algorithms that are more effective for different type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data usually takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server executing the action must have plenty of resources in order to be able to process your info quick enough. One 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 Website Hosting
The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new website hosting account shall be created is named LZ4 and it is used by the cutting-edge ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is more advanced than the ones other file systems use since its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens faster than info can be read from a hard disk drive. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of any website located on a server that uses this algorithm. We use LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us make several daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and store them for a month. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it can often happen with many other file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud web 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, particularly when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform because it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Together with the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them since they need significantly less space compared to standard backups.