The term data compression refers to lowering the number of bits of info that should be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of information, so what will be deleted at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the content and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find various compression algorithms that are more efficient for different kind of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server executing the action needs to have plenty of resources to be able to process your info quick enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud hosting platform where your new cloud hosting account shall be created is called LZ4 and it's used by the cutting-edge ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is a lot better than the ones other file systems use as its compression ratio is higher and it processes data significantly faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens faster than data can be read from a hdd. Consequently, LZ4 improves the performance of every website located on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio let us produce multiple daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and keep them for thirty days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation will not slow the servers down like it can often happen with some other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be created on a cloud platform which is run on the innovative ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, that is a lot better than all the other algorithms in terms of compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 faster than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. Because of this Internet sites running on a platform that uses LZ4 compression perform better because the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. An additional advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep take much less space and they're generated faster, which allows us to store a couple of daily backups of your files and databases.