The term data compression means lowering the number of bits of info that has to be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of info, so what will be erased during the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the information and its quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You will find different compression algorithms which are more effective for different sort of data. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes a lot of processing time, so the server carrying out the action needs to have plenty of resources in order to be able to process the data quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any Internet site hosted in a web hosting account with us since not only does it compress info much better than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but it 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, that is not a problem for our platform considering the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backup copies more quickly and on less disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. That way, we can always restore all of the content that you could have removed by accident.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will accelerate any kind of website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the great number of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for a month as they will take much less space than standard backups and will be generated considerably quicker without loading the servers.