Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. In this way, the compressed info will require considerably less disk space than the original one, so much more content could be stored on identical amount of space. You'll find different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with several of them just the redundant bits are deleted, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others delete unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a significant amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, therefore every hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have enough power to support this attribute. An example how info can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the entire code.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared hosting account will be made employs the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The benefits can be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Although it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce a number of daily backups of the entire content in every single Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than a few hours old. This can be done because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform because it consists of multiple clusters working together. Besides the superior performance, you'll have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them as they need significantly less space compared to standard backups.