The term data compression identifies decreasing the number of bits of information which has to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing info, so what will be erased at the time of the compression will be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the info and its quality shall be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. There are different compression algorithms that are more efficient for different sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data usually takes lots of processing time, which means that the server performing the action should have enough resources to be able to process the info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your web hosting account shall be created uses the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which some other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The benefits are significant especially on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce a number of daily backups of the full content in each and every Internet hosting account, so if you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans which we offer are created on a powerful cloud hosting platform that runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS uses a compression algorithm called LZ4 that exceeds any other algorithm on the market in terms of speed and data compression ratio when it comes to processing website content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed because LZ4 does that quicker than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard disk drive and for that reason, sites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will function faster. We're able to take advantage of the feature although it requires quite a considerable amount of CPU processing time because our platform uses numerous powerful servers working together and we do not make accounts on just a single machine like most companies do. There's one more benefit of using LZ4 - since it compresses data rather well and does that very fast, we can also make multiple daily backups of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for an entire month. That way, you'll always be able to bring back any content that you delete by accident.