The term data compression refers to reducing the number of bits of information which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of data, so what will be deleted in the course 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 will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find various compression algorithms that are more efficient for different kind of information. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action needs to have sufficient resources in order to be able to process your data quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be generated uses the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is greater in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that a number of other file systems use, but it is also a lot quicker. The gains can be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to generate a large number of daily backups of the entire content in each and every web hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last backup which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account with our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used 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 a higher compression ratio and it is much faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that's not an issue for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Together with the better performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you could restore 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 take considerably less space compared to ordinary backups.