Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and this process is quite important in the web hosting field since information filed on HDDs is typically compressed so as to take less space. There are various algorithms for compressing information and they provide different efficiency depending on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This method consumes a lot of processing time, so an internet hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An example how binary code may 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 cloud web hosting platform where your shared hosting account shall be made uses the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it is also faster. The benefits can be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce multiple daily backups of the entire content in each and every Internet hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The semi-dedicated server plans which we supply are created on a powerful cloud platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS works with a compression algorithm known as LZ4 that outperforms any other algorithm out there in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid particularly when data is uncompressed as LZ4 does that more rapidly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and as a result, Internet sites running on a platform where LZ4 is enabled will function faster. We're able to benefit from the feature although it requires quite a large amount of CPU processing time as our platform uses many powerful servers working together and we don't create accounts on a single machine like many companies do. There's an additional advantage of using LZ4 - since it compresses data very well and does that extremely fast, we can also make multiple daily backups of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for 30 days. That way, you will always be able to restore any content that you erase by accident.