Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed info will take substantially less disk space than the initial one, so more content can be stored on the same amount of space. There are various compression algorithms that work in different ways and with a number of them only the redundant bits are deleted, so once the info is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others remove unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data later on will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a large amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, so any web hosting platform that employs compression in real time needs to have ample power to support this attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud hosting account shall be generated works by using the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is superior in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also much quicker. The gains are significant especially on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and quicker compression rates also allow us to generate multiple daily backups of the full content in each web hosting account, so if you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Your semi-dedicated hosting account shall be created on a cloud platform that runs using the leading-edge ZFS file system. The latter uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, which is much better than all the other algorithms with regard to compression ratio and speed. The gain is apparent especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much quicker than other algorithms, but it is also faster in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk drive. That is why websites running on a platform that employs LZ4 compression perform faster since the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. web content. Another advantage of using LZ4 is that the backups of the semi-dedicated accounts which we keep take less space and they're generated faster, which allows us to store multiple daily backups of your files and databases.