The term data compression refers to decreasing the number of bits of info that has to be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing information, so what will be deleted throughout the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the information and its quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You will find various compression algorithms that are more effective for different kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes lots of processing time, therefore the server executing the action should have adequate resources to be able to process the info quick enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 in the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Shared Web Hosting
The compression algorithm which we use on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new shared web hosting account shall be created is named LZ4 and it is used by the revolutionary ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is more advanced than the ones other file systems work with since its compression ratio is much higher and it processes data a lot quicker. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens quicker than data can be read from a hard disk drive. Because of this, LZ4 improves the performance of every site hosted on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We use LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio let us make several daily backups of the full content of all accounts and store them for 30 days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation won't slow the servers down like it often happens with other file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account with our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud web hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is way quicker, particularly with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard drive, so your Internet sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform as it consists of multiple clusters working together. Besides the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to store them because they need significantly less space compared to conventional backups.