Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and the process is rather important in the internet hosting field since information kept on hard disk drives is typically compressed so as to take less space. You can find different algorithms for compressing information and they offer different efficiency depending on the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method needs a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. 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 Website Hosting

The ZFS file system which operates on our cloud web hosting platform employs a compression algorithm called LZ4. The latter is considerably faster and better than every other algorithm on the market, particularly for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. web content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk, which improves the overall performance of sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Because the algorithm compresses data quite well and it does that very fast, we can 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 less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very fast, the backup generation will not change the performance of the web servers where your content will be stored.

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 one of 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 a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will speed up any Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that is provided by the great number of clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and have them for a month as they will take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.