The term data compression means reducing the number of bits of information that has to be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of info, which means that what will be erased throughout the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the data and the quality shall be identical, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. You will find various compression algorithms which are more efficient for various sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action should have ample resources in order to be able to process your info quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared hosting account shall be generated uses the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which a number of other file systems use, but it is also faster. The benefits will be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. Although it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to make a large number of daily backups of the whole content in every single hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last backup that we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is way quicker, particularly with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform as it consists of multiple clusters working together. In addition to the superior performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they need considerably less space compared to ordinary backups.