Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this process is really important in the internet hosting field as info filed on hard disks is typically compressed to take less space. You'll find different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different efficiency based upon the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This method consumes plenty of processing time, therefore a hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Hosting
The compression algorithm that we employ on the cloud hosting platform where your new shared hosting
account will be created is called LZ4 and it's applied by the cutting-edge ZFS file system that powers the platform. The algorithm is more advanced than the ones other file systems employ since its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data significantly quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens quicker than info can be read from a hard disk. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of each website located on a server that uses this particular algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to generate a couple of daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and keep them for a month. Not only do the backups take less space, but also their generation won't slow the servers down like it can often happen with some other file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting
account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take much less space than typical backups and will be generated much faster without loading the servers.