Data compression is the compacting of info by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed information needs substantially less disk space than the original one, so much more content can be stored on the same amount of space. You'll find different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with several of them only the redundant bits are deleted, which means that once the data is uncompressed, there is no decrease in quality. Others erase excessive bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a significant amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so any hosting platform which employs compression in real time should have ample power to support that feature. An example how information can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the entire code.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is named LZ4. It can boost the performance of any site hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms used by alternative file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform because it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backups faster and on lower disk space, so we will have multiple daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't change the performance of the servers. That way, we could always recover all content that you may have deleted by accident.
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 among 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 can uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will quicken any website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that's provided by the multitude of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for a month as they will take a reduced amount of space than standard backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.