Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the internet hosting field since data located on HDDs is often compressed so as to take less space. There are many different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different effectiveness depending on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method needs a lot of processing time, so a hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting

The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new shared web hosting account shall be created is called LZ4 and it's used by the advanced ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is a lot better than the ones other file systems employ as its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data significantly faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed as this happens at a faster rate than information can be read from a hard disk drive. Therefore, LZ4 improves the performance of any site hosted on a server that uses the algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to make several daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but also their generation does not slow the servers down like it often happens with other file systems.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that is run on the advanced ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm known as LZ4, that's far better than all the other algorithms regarding compression ratio and speed. The gain is visible particularly when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 a lot faster than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a HDD. That's why sites running on a platform that uses LZ4 compression perform faster because the algorithm is most efficient when it processes compressible data i.e. site content. Another advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep take much less space and are generated quicker, which allows us to store several daily backups of your files and databases.