Data compression is the compacting of info by reducing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed info requires much less disk space than the original one, so additional content could be stored using the same amount of space. You will find various compression algorithms that function in different ways and with a number of them only the redundant bits are deleted, so once the information is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others delete unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a large amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, so each and every hosting platform which employs compression in real time needs to have enough power to support that feature. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the whole code.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud hosting platform where your new shared web hosting account will be created is named LZ4 and it is applied by the state-of-the-art ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is a lot better than the ones other file systems employ because its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data considerably quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens more quickly than information can be read from a hard drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of each and every website located on a server that uses the algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to produce a number of daily backups of the full content of all accounts and store them for one month. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it can often happen with many other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In combination with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them since they take significantly less space than standard backups.