Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this process is quite important in the web hosting field since information kept on hard drives is generally compressed in order to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different effectiveness based upon the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This process needs a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. One example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any site hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms used by various file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform for the reason that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backup copies more quickly and on lower disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always restore any content that you may have removed by accident.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, particularly with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them because they need a lot less space than standard backups.