Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is really important in the internet hosting field as info filed on HDDs is usually compressed so as to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. The method employs a lot of processing time, so a hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting
The ZFS file system that operates on our cloud Internet hosting platform uses a compression algorithm named LZ4. The latter is a lot faster and better than every other algorithm available on the market, particularly for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. web content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk, which improves the performance of sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. As the algorithm compresses data quite well and it does that quickly, we are able to generate several backups of all the content kept in the cloud web hosting accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will need reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very quickly, the backup generation will not influence the performance of the web hosting servers where your content will be stored.
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 certainly the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will boost any kind of site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than typical backups and will be created much faster without loading the servers.