Data compression is the compacting of data by reducing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed data takes much less disk space than the original one, so extra content can be stored on identical amount of space. You can find many different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with several of them only the redundant bits are removed, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others erase excessive bits, but uncompressing the data later on will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a huge amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, so each and every Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have adequate power to support this attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the entire code.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared hosting account will be made employs the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it is also considerably faster. The benefits are significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Even though it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to make a large number of daily backups of the full content in each hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In addition to the superior performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to restore any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them as they take significantly less space compared to conventional backups.