The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of information which has to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing info, which means that what will be erased throughout the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the information and its quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find different compression algorithms which are more efficient for different type of info. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes plenty of processing time, therefore the server carrying out the action should have enough resources in order to be able to process the data quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Shared Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any website hosted in a shared hosting account with us since not only does it compress info much better than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backups more rapidly and on reduced disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. That way, we can always recover any kind of content that you could have deleted by accident.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, particularly with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform because it consists of numerous clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they need considerably less space compared to ordinary backups.