The term data compression identifies reducing the number of bits of data that has to be saved or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of data, which means that what will be deleted during the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the info and its quality will be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. There're various compression algorithms which are more efficient for various kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes a lot of processing time, so the server performing the action should have plenty of resources to be able to process the data quick enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 in the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud web hosting platform is named LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any website hosted in a cloud web hosting
account on our end because not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms used by various file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backup copies at a higher speed and on lower disk space, so we shall have multiple daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always restore the content that you could have deleted by mistake.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system that 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 definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will boost every site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than regular backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.