Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed data needs substantially less disk space than the original one, so extra content could be stored on identical amount of space. There're various compression algorithms which function in different ways and with many of them only the redundant bits are removed, so once the data is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others delete unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data later on will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a large amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, so every Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have ample power to support this feature. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.
Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account is made works by using the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also considerably faster. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. While it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate a large number of daily backups of the entire content in each hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much quicker, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform because it consists of multiple clusters working together. Together with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them since they need a lot less space than ordinary backups.