The term data compression refers to decreasing the number of bits of information that needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of information, so what will be removed in the course of the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the info and its quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find various compression algorithms which are more efficient for different sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes lots of processing time, so the server executing the action needs to have sufficient resources to be able to process your info fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a cloud website hosting account on our end because not only does it compress data much better than algorithms employed by other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform considering the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backups quicker and on less disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always recover the content that you could have removed 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 among the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will speed up any kind of site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 enables us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for one month as they will take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be created much quicker without loading the servers.