Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed info needs less disk space than the initial one, so extra content might be stored on identical amount of space. There're different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with a lot of them just the redundant bits are removed, so once the info is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others erase excessive bits, but uncompressing the data afterwards will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a significant amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so every hosting platform which employs compression in real time must have adequate power to support this feature. An example how information can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account shall be generated uses the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The gains can be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make a large number of daily backups of the whole content in each web hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system that 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 best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will boost any 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 numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for one month as they will take a reduced amount of space than standard backups and will be created considerably faster without loading the servers.