The term data compression refers to reducing the number of bits of data which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of information, which means that what will be removed at the time of the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the info and its quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find various compression algorithms which are more effective for various type of info. Compressing and uncompressing data usually takes lots of processing time, which means that the server performing the action should have sufficient resources to be able to process your data fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The ZFS file system that operates on our cloud Internet hosting platform employs a compression algorithm named LZ4. The latter is a lot faster and better than any other algorithm you will find, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk, which improves the performance of Internet sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. As the algorithm compresses data very well and it does that very fast, we're able to generate several backup copies of all the content stored in the cloud web hosting accounts on our servers every day. Both your content and its backups will take reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very fast, the backup generation will not change the performance of the hosting servers where your content will be kept.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will accelerate any Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for one month as they will take much less space than typical backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.