Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the internet hosting field because information recorded on hard disk drives is generally compressed so as to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The process uses a lot of processing time, which means that a hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any website hosted in a shared web hosting account on our end as not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms employed by various file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, which 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 generate backup copies at a higher speed and on lower disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore any content that you may have removed by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created on a cloud platform which is run on the innovative ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, which is far better than alternative algorithms when it comes to compression ratio and speed. The gain is noticeable particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. This is why sites running on a platform which uses LZ4 compression perform better because the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep take much less space and they are generated a lot faster, which enables us to store a number of daily backups of all your files and databases.