Learn exactly what Data Compression is and discover how it may affect your sites and the experience of your website visitors.
Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and the process is really important in the web hosting field due to the fact that information filed on hard disk drives is typically compressed to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different effectiveness based on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This process requires plenty of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your cloud web hosting
account is made uses the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is better in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it's also much quicker. The benefits may be significant especially on compressible content such as website files. Despite the fact that it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers shall be better. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to make multiple daily backups of the full content in each and every hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of our servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated hosting
account from our company, 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 the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it consists of numerous clusters working together. Besides the superior performance, you'll also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them as they need considerably less space than ordinary backups.