Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that have to be saved or transmitted and this process is rather important in the web hosting field because info stored on hard disk drives is typically compressed to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing information and they have different efficiency based upon the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. The method requires plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. One example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your shared hosting account is created employs the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which some other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The gains will be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. While it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any website hosted on our servers will be better. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to make a large number of daily backups of the whole content in each and every Internet hosting account, so if you delete anything by mistake, the last backup which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's 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'll uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will speed up any kind of website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.