Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this process is rather important in the internet hosting field since data recorded on hard drives is typically compressed to take less space. There're different algorithms for compressing info and they offer different efficiency based on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The process consumes a lot of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An illustration how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any site hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info more efficiently than algorithms used by alternative file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform due to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backups more rapidly and on lower disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. That way, we could always recover all the content that you may have deleted by mistake.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
Your semi-dedicated server account shall be created on a cloud platform that is run on the leading-edge ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm named LZ4, that's far better than all other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is noticeable particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much quicker than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk drive. That's why websites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform better as the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep require significantly less space and they are generated faster, which enables us to have multiple daily backups of your files and databases.