The term data compression identifies reducing the number of bits of data which should be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of information, which means that what will be removed throughout the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the data and its quality will be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find different compression algorithms that are more effective for different sort of info. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server executing the action needs to have sufficient resources in order to be able to process the info fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be generated works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is superior in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it is also a lot faster. The gains will be significant especially on compressible content such as website files. Despite the fact that it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers will be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate multiple daily backups of the entire content in every single Internet hosting account, so should you delete something by mistake, the last backup that we have will not 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 change the performance of our servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
The ZFS file system which 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 most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website 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. This way, using LZ4 will speed up every site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for one month as they will take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be generated considerably quicker without loading the servers.