Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this process is quite important in the internet hosting field since info recorded on hard disks is generally compressed to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing data and they provide different effectiveness depending on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The method employs a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Website Hosting
The ZFS file system that operates on our cloud Internet hosting platform employs a compression algorithm identified as LZ4. The aforementioned is considerably faster and better than every other algorithm available on the market, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. web content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk, which improves the overall performance of Internet sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Because the algorithm compresses data really well and it does that quickly, we are able to generate several backup copies of all the content kept in the website hosting accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will need less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work extremely fast, the backup generation will not change the performance of the web servers where your content will be stored.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is way quicker, particularly when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. In combination with the better performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them since they need considerably less space than ordinary backups.