Data compression is the compacting of data by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed data needs considerably less disk space than the initial one, so additional content can be stored on the same amount of space. There are many different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with many of them only the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others delete unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data following that will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a large amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so any Internet hosting platform that employs compression in real time should have sufficient power to support this feature. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud web hosting account will be generated uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is greater in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it is also a lot quicker. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content like website files. Despite the fact that it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of every site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to produce a large number of daily backups of the entire content in every single hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last backup that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done because the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, 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 distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, particularly with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. In combination with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them since they take significantly less space than conventional backups.