The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of info which should be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of information, so what will be removed at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the content and its quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find various compression algorithms that are more efficient for different type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action should have adequate resources to be able to process the info quick enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared website hosting account will be made uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it is also considerably faster. The gains are significant in particular on compressible content like website files. Despite the fact that it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce a large number of daily backups of the full content in every single Internet hosting account, so if you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of the servers.

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 aforementioned uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, which is much better than various other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is noticeable especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard drive. That is why sites running on a platform which uses LZ4 compression perform faster since the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep require much less space and they are generated a lot quicker, which allows us to have several daily backups of all your files and databases.