Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field since data kept on hard disks is generally compressed to take less space. You'll find various algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. The process needs plenty of processing time, which means that a web hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An 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 that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can improve the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud hosting account with us as not only does it compress info more efficiently than algorithms employed by other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backups a lot faster and on reduced disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. In this way, we can always recover all the content that you could have deleted by mistake.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will speed up every site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. 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. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they will take much less space than typical backups and will be generated much faster without loading the servers.