The term data compression refers to lowering the number of bits of data that should be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without losing information, which means that what will be erased at the time of the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the data and the quality shall be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find various compression algorithms which are more efficient for various type of information. Compressing and uncompressing data in most cases takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server performing the action must have plenty of resources in order to be able to process your data fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code rather than storing the actual 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be made works by using the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned uses is superior in many aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it is also considerably quicker. The benefits may be significant in particular on compressible content like website files. Although it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce numerous daily backups of the full content in every single hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.
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 is one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website 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. That way, using LZ4 will accelerate any Internet site that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the multitude 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 save them for one month as they will take much less space than typical backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.