Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and the process is quite important in the web hosting field as data filed on hard disk drives is often compressed in order to take less space. You'll find many different algorithms for compressing data and they have different efficiency based on the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This method needs a lot of processing time, so an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is generated uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also much faster. The gains will be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. Despite the fact that it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to produce numerous daily backups of the whole content in each and every Internet hosting account, so should you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that 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 fast enough, so as to not affect the performance of our servers.