The term data compression means lowering the number of bits of data that should be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing information, so what will be erased at the time of the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the information and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There are different compression algorithms which are more efficient for various type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes lots of processing time, which means that the server performing the action should have ample resources to be able to process your info quick enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm that we use on the cloud hosting platform where your new cloud website hosting account will be created is called LZ4 and it's applied by the state-of-the-art ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems employ as its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens more quickly than info can be read from a hard drive. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of any website located on a server that uses the algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to make several daily backups of the full content of all accounts and store them for one month. Not only do these backup copies take less space, but their generation won't slow the servers down like it can often happen with alternative file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web 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 drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will accelerate every site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they will take much less space than typical backups and will be generated considerably faster without loading the servers.