What information is it possible to compress? How exactly does data compression function? Find out more about its space-saving benefits.
Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which have to be saved or transmitted and the process is very important in the internet hosting field because data filed on hard drives is often compressed to take less space. You will find various algorithms for compressing information and they provide different efficiency based on the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This method consumes plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An illustration how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Hosting
The cloud hosting platform where your hosting
account is created uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is superior in various aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a number of other file systems use, but it's also faster. The benefits can be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Even though it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers will be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to make multiple daily backups of the full content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than several hours old. This is possible as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.
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 certainly 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 drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will boost every Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. 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 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they will take a smaller amount of space than regular backups and will be created much quicker without loading the servers.