Data compression is the compacting of information by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed data requires considerably less disk space than the original one, so extra content might be stored using the same amount of space. There are various compression algorithms which work in different ways and with a lot of them only the redundant bits are removed, therefore once the info is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others remove unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data later on will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a large amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, therefore each and every web hosting platform which uses compression in real time needs to have ample power to support this attribute. An example how info can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the whole code.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new cloud hosting account shall be created is known as LZ4 and it is applied by the revolutionary ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is much better than the ones other file systems employ as its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens even faster than info can be read from a hard drive. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of any Internet site hosted on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to generate several daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for one month. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with many other file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is way quicker, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform as it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In combination with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them since they take a lot less space compared to standard backups.