Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is really important in the web hosting field due to the fact that data filed on hard drives is usually compressed to take less space. You'll find various algorithms for compressing data and they offer different effectiveness depending on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This process uses a lot of processing time, so a web hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any website hosted in a shared hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data significantly better than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard disk drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which 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 make backups at a higher speed and on less disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. That way, we could always restore all content that you could have removed by mistake.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is 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 disk drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will quicken any site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the great number of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 allows 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 regular backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.