The term data compression describes decreasing the number of bits of info that should be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of data, so what will be removed during the compression will be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the content and the quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You'll find different compression algorithms which are more efficient for various sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes a lot of processing time, so the server carrying out the action should have ample resources to be able to process your data quick enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud hosting account shall be created works by using the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it's also considerably faster. The gains are significant in particular on compressible content like website files. While it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make a large number of daily backups of the entire content in each hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of the servers.

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 is one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will boost any site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that is provided by the multitude of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and save them for a month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than regular backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.