Data compression is the compacting of info by reducing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed data will require substantially less disk space than the initial one, so a lot more content can be stored using identical amount of space. You'll find many different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with several of them just the redundant bits are removed, therefore once the info is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a large amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so any hosting platform which employs compression in real time must have adequate power to support that attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your web hosting account will be created works by using the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is superior in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that similar file systems use, but it is also considerably quicker. The benefits may be significant particularly on compressible content like website files. Despite the fact that it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce a number of daily backups of the full content in every single web hosting account, so if you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created on a cloud platform that is run on the advanced ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, that's much better than all other algorithms when it comes to compression ratio and speed. The gain is significant especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much quicker than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. This is the reason why sites running on a platform which uses LZ4 compression perform faster since the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep need significantly less space and they are generated a lot faster, which allows us to keep multiple daily backups of all your files and databases.