The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of information that has to be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of info, so what will be removed at the time of the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the info and its quality will be the same, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. You will find different compression algorithms that are better for different sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes plenty of processing time, therefore the server carrying out the action should have sufficient resources to be able to process your data fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is called LZ4. It can enhance the performance of any site hosted in a hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info much better than algorithms used by alternative file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform due to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backup copies a lot faster and on less disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. This way, we can always recover any content that you may have deleted by mistake.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's among the best algorithms out there and positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data at a higher speed than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than typical backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.