Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed information requires considerably less disk space than the initial one, so more content could be stored on the same amount of space. There are various compression algorithms that work in different ways and with a number of them only the redundant bits are erased, so once the information is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others erase unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will lead to lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a huge amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, therefore any hosting platform that employs compression in real time must have adequate power to support this attribute. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account shall be made works by using the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it's also much faster. The gains can be significant especially on compressible content such as website files. Even though it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers shall be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the whole content in each and every Internet hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than several hours old. This can be done as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server 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 hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much quicker, in particular when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster 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 because it consists of numerous clusters working together. Together with the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them as they take considerably less space compared to standard backups.