Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and the process is really important in the internet hosting field because info recorded on hard disks is usually compressed in order to take less space. You will find many different algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. The process employs a lot of processing time, therefore a hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. One example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your shared website hosting account shall be made uses the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it is also faster. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Although it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every site hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce multiple daily backups of the entire content in each web hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last backup that we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created on a cloud platform which runs using the advanced ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, that's far better than other algorithms with regard to compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 a lot faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk drive. This is the reason why Internet sites running on a platform that uses LZ4 compression perform faster since the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep need a lot less space and they are generated a lot quicker, which enables us to keep a couple of daily backups of your files and databases.