The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of data which needs to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of information, so what will be removed during the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the data and the quality will be identical, while in the second case the quality will be worse. There're different compression algorithms that are more effective for different type of info. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server performing the action must have enough resources in order to be able to process your data fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 in the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be created works by using the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which similar file systems use, but it's also considerably faster. The benefits can be significant especially on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to produce a large number of daily backups of the full content in every single web hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take a lot less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It's one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it will uncompress data at a faster rate than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. This way, using LZ4 will speed up any Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that's provided by the great number of clusters working together as part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for one month as they will take a reduced amount of space than standard backups and will be generated considerably quicker without loading the servers.