The term data compression means lowering the number of bits of data that needs to be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing data, which means that what will be erased throughout 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 identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find various compression algorithms which are better for various sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server carrying out the action should have ample resources to be able to process your info quick 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 in the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account is created works by using the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is greater in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The benefits may be significant in particular on compressible content like website files. Although it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers will be better. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate multiple daily backups of the entire content in each web hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account with our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably faster, particularly with regard to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of multiple clusters working together. Together with the better performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you could recover any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they take considerably less space than traditional backups.