The term data compression describes decreasing the number of bits of info that has to be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be erased throughout the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the content and the quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find different compression algorithms which are better for various kind of info. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action must have sufficient resources to be able to process your data quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your hosting account is generated employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is better in many aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a number of other file systems use, but it is also much faster. The gains may be significant especially on compressible content such as website files. While it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of every site hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to make numerous daily backups of the whole content in each hosting account, so if you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your websites 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 which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much quicker, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform faster. 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 multiple clusters working together. Besides the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with just a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them because they need significantly less space compared to standard backups.