The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of information which has to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be deleted at the time of the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the information and the quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. There are different compression algorithms that are more effective for different type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server performing the action needs to have enough resources to be able to process the info fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your hosting account will be created uses the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it is also a lot faster. The gains are significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Despite the fact that it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to make a number of daily backups of the full content in every single web hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last backup that we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform which runs using the leading-edge ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, that's far better than other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. Because of this sites running on a platform that employs LZ4 compression perform faster because the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. Another advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep take a lot less space and are generated quicker, which enables us to keep a couple of daily backups of your files and databases.