Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and the process is really important in the internet hosting field since information stored on hard disk drives is typically compressed so as to take less space. There are different algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This method uses plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be made employs the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that similar file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The gains may be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. While it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a large number of daily backups of the full content in every single web hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last backup that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
The semi-dedicated server plans that we provide are created on a powerful cloud platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that outperforms any other algorithm you can find in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed because LZ4 does that much faster than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and as a result, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will work quicker. We're able to benefit from the feature regardless of the fact that it needs quite a great deal of CPU processing time as our platform uses many powerful servers working together and we do not create accounts on a single machine like most companies do. There's an additional advantage of using LZ4 - considering that it compresses data rather well and does that extremely fast, we can also generate multiple daily backups of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. This way, you'll always be able to recover any content that you erase by accident.