Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed information needs less disk space than the initial one, so much more content can be stored on the same amount of space. You'll find many different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the info is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others remove unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data later will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a huge amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, so each and every web hosting platform that employs compression in real time must have enough power to support this feature. An example how information can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the entire code.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new cloud hosting account shall be created is called LZ4 and it's applied by the revolutionary ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is greater than the ones other file systems use because its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens faster than info can be read from a hard drive. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of each website hosted on a server that uses this algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us produce multiple daily backups of the whole content of all accounts and store them for a month. Not only do the backups take less space, but their generation doesn't slow the servers down like it can often happen with alternative file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our firm, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably faster, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform because it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Together with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them since they need considerably less space compared to ordinary backups.