The term data compression means decreasing the number of bits of info that should be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing info, which means that what will be erased throughout the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the info and the quality shall be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. There're various compression algorithms that are more efficient for various kind of info. Compressing and uncompressing data frequently takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server performing the action must have ample resources to be able to process your info quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The ZFS file system that is run on our cloud Internet hosting platform employs a compression algorithm named LZ4. The aforementioned is a lot faster and better than any other algorithm on the market, particularly for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk drive, which improves the overall performance of websites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Because the algorithm compresses data quite well and it does that very quickly, we are able to generate several backups of all the content stored in the cloud hosting
accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will take less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very quickly, the backup generation will not influence the performance of the web servers where your content will be kept.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server
account from our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is considerably quicker, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard disk drive, so your Internet sites will perform faster. The higher speed comes at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, which is not an issue for our platform because it consists of a lot of clusters working together. Together with the improved performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them as they need a lot less space than traditional backups.