What info could you compress? How exactly does data compression work? Read more about its space-saving pros.
Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and this process is quite important in the internet hosting field since info recorded on hard disks is typically compressed to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness depending on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method employs a lot of processing time, so an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is named LZ4. It can boost the performance of any Internet site hosted in a shared website hosting
account with us as not only does it compress info much better than algorithms employed by various other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backup copies much more quickly and on lower disk space, so we can have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. That way, we can always recover all content that you may have deleted by accident.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting
account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and positively the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will accelerate any kind of site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. This high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the great number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for one month as they'll take much less space than typical backups and will be created much faster without loading the servers.