Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the internet hosting field because information kept on hard drives is often compressed in order to take less space. There're many different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different effectiveness based upon the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. The process uses plenty of processing time, so a web hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Website Hosting
The ZFS file system which runs on our cloud Internet hosting platform employs a compression algorithm identified as LZ4. The latter is substantially faster and better than every other algorithm out there, particularly for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk drive, which improves the overall performance of websites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Because the algorithm compresses data very well and it does that very fast, we're able to generate several backups of all the content stored in the website hosting accounts on our servers daily. Both your content and its backups will need reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very fast, the backup generation will not change the performance of the servers where your content will be kept.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The semi-dedicated hosting plans that we offer are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm named LZ4 that surpasses any other algorithm on the market 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 quicker than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and as a result, websites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will function quicker. We can take full advantage of this feature although it needs quite a great deal of CPU processing time as our platform uses a wide range of powerful servers working together and we don't make accounts on a single machine like the majority of companies do. There is another advantage of using LZ4 - considering the fact that it compresses data really well and does that extremely fast, we can also make several daily backup copies of all accounts without affecting the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. By doing this, you can always recover any content that you delete by accident.