Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which have to be saved or transmitted and this process is quite important in the internet hosting field as data recorded on HDDs is often compressed in order to take less space. You will find many different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness depending on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. The process uses a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform employs a compression algorithm named LZ4. The aforementioned is substantially faster and better than every other algorithm on the market, particularly for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard drive, which improves the performance of sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Due to the fact that the algorithm compresses data quite well and it does that quickly, we're able to generate several backup copies of all the content stored in the cloud hosting accounts on our servers daily. Both your content and its backups will require reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work extremely fast, the backup generation will not change the performance of the hosting servers where your content will be kept.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is way quicker, particularly when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In addition to the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them as they take significantly less space than conventional backups.