Data compression is the compacting of data by reducing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed data requires considerably less disk space than the original one, so a lot more content could be stored using the same amount of space. You can find different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with a lot of them just the redundant bits are erased, so once the data is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data later will result in lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content takes a huge amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, therefore each and every Internet hosting platform that uses compression in real time should have adequate power to support this feature. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your hosting account will be generated works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it's also much quicker. The benefits will be significant especially on compressible content like website files. Although it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers shall be better. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the entire content in every single Internet hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last backup that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This is possible because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not change 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 among the best algorithms out there and positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will accelerate every website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition to that, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take much less space than regular backups and will be created much quicker without loading the servers.

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