The term data compression identifies reducing the number of bits of info which should be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of info, which means that what will be removed in the course of the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the content and the quality will be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find different compression algorithms which are more effective for various kind of info. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes lots of processing time, therefore the server carrying out the action should have adequate resources in order to be able to process your data fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The compression algorithm which we use on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new shared hosting account will be created is named LZ4 and it's used by the advanced ZFS file system that powers the system. The algorithm is superior to the ones other file systems work with because its compression ratio is higher and it processes data a lot quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens more quickly than data can be read from a hard disk. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of every website stored on a server which uses the algorithm. We use LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio let us generate a couple of daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but also their generation will not slow the servers down like it often happens with other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's among the best algorithms out there and positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it will 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 every Internet site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for one month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be generated much quicker without loading the servers.