Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that have to be saved or transmitted and this process is very important in the internet hosting field since info located on hard disk drives is typically compressed in order to take less space. You'll find different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different effectiveness based on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This process requires a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can boost the performance of any website hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info much better than algorithms employed by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backup copies quicker and on reduced disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore the content that you may have removed by accident.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Besides the superior performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to recover any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them since they need significantly less space than standard backups.