The term data compression means reducing the number of bits of info which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing info, so what will be deleted in the course of the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the content and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You'll find different compression algorithms that are better for various type of info. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes lots of processing time, therefore the server executing the action must have plenty of resources in order to be able to process your info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be generated uses the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The benefits may be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the whole content in every single hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans which we offer are created on a powerful cloud platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS uses a compression algorithm called LZ4 that surpasses any other algorithm on the market in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed because LZ4 does that faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk and because of this, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will work at a higher speed. We're able to take advantage of this feature regardless of the fact that it needs quite a large amount of CPU processing time because our platform uses many powerful servers working together and we never create accounts on just a single machine like most companies do. There's another reward of using LZ4 - considering the fact that it compresses data really well and does that speedily, we can also generate multiple daily backup copies of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for a month. That way, you'll always be able to restore any content that you erase by accident.