The term data compression describes lowering the number of bits of information which needs to be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing info, so what will be erased throughout the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the content and its quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find different compression algorithms which are better for various sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes lots of processing time, so the server executing the action must have adequate resources to be able to process your info quick 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 inside the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud hosting account shall be generated works by using the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a number of other file systems use, but it is also considerably faster. The benefits may be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. While it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce a number of daily backups of the full content in each Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take a lot 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 will be created on a cloud platform which is run on the state-of-the-art ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, that's a lot better than other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much quicker than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. That is why Internet sites running on a platform that uses LZ4 compression perform better because the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep require a lot less space and they're generated faster, which enables us to store a number of daily backups of your files and databases.