Data compression is the compacting of data by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed data needs considerably less disk space than the initial one, so extra content can be stored on identical amount of space. You'll find different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with many of them just the redundant bits are deleted, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data later will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a significant amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, therefore each and every hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have adequate power to support this attribute. An example how information 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 storing the actual code.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account shall be created employs the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is greater in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it's also considerably faster. The benefits will be significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Although it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make a number of daily backups of the entire content in every single web hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will boost every site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.