Data compression is the compacting of data by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. In this way, the compressed info needs substantially less disk space than the initial one, so additional content might be stored using identical amount of space. There're different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with a lot of them only the redundant bits are erased, which means that once the info is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a large amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, therefore any web hosting platform that employs compression in real time needs to have ample power to support this feature. An example how info can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the whole code.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm which we employ on the cloud web hosting platform where your new shared web hosting account will be created is called LZ4 and it's used by the revolutionary ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems employ because its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens quicker than info can be read from a hard disk drive. Because of this, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every website located on a server that uses this algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us produce multiple daily backup copies of the whole content of all accounts and store them for a month. Not only do these backups take less space, but in addition their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it often happens with other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, particularly with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform as it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Together with the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to recover any deleted content with several clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them because they take considerably less space than conventional backups.