Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed information will take much less disk space than the original one, so extra content might be stored using the same amount of space. You will find different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with some of them just the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the data is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will lead to lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a large amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so any hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have ample power to support this attribute. An example how information can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is generated employs the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it is also quicker. The gains will be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce a number of daily backups of the whole content in every single Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.

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's one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will speed up any site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for a month as they will take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.