Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and the process is quite important in the internet hosting field as info recorded on hard drives is often compressed to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing data and they have different efficiency depending on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The method requires plenty of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An instance how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared hosting account will be generated uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also much faster. The benefits will be significant especially on compressible content like website files. Despite the fact that it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every website hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to make a large number of daily backups of the whole content in every single hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

The semi-dedicated hosting plans which we provide are created on a powerful cloud platform which runs on the ZFS file system. ZFS employs a compression algorithm called LZ4 that exceeds any other algorithm you will find in terms of speed and compression ratio when it comes to processing web content. This is valid especially when data is uncompressed since LZ4 does that more quickly than it would be to read uncompressed data from a hard drive and for that reason, websites running on a platform where LZ4 is present will work faster. We're able to take full advantage of the feature regardless of the fact that it requires quite a considerable amount of CPU processing time as our platform uses many powerful servers working together and we never create accounts on just a single machine like most companies do. There is an additional benefit of using LZ4 - since it compresses data very well and does that very fast, we can also make several daily backups of all accounts without influencing the performance of the servers and keep them for 30 days. By doing this, you can always recover any content that you delete by mistake.