Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the internet hosting field since information filed on hard disks is generally compressed to take less space. You'll find different algorithms for compressing info and they offer different effectiveness based on the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The method requires plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is called LZ4. It can boost the performance of any Internet site hosted in a shared website hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms employed by various file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform for the reason that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backups much quicker and on reduced disk space, so we shall have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always recover any kind of content that you could have erased by mistake.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The semi-dedicated hosting plans that we offer are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that outperforms any other algorithm you will find in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed as 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 enabled will function quicker. We are able to benefit from the feature although it needs quite a large amount of CPU processing time as our platform uses a wide range of powerful servers working together and we do not make accounts on just a single machine like most companies do. There's an additional advantage of using LZ4 - since it compresses data rather well and does that speedily, we can also generate several daily backups of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for a whole month. In this way, you will always be able to bring back any content that you erase by mistake.