The term data compression identifies reducing the number of bits of info which should be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing info, so what will be erased in the course of the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the data and its quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find different compression algorithms which are better for various sort of info. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes plenty of processing time, therefore the server performing the action needs to have adequate resources to be able to process your info fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is named LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any site hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info much better than algorithms employed by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backup copies much more rapidly and on lower disk space, so we can have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. This way, we can always recover any kind of content that you may have removed by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and certainly 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 higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will accelerate any kind of website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be generated much quicker without loading the servers.