The term data compression identifies reducing the number of bits of information that needs to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of info, so what will be deleted in the course of the compression will be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the information and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find various compression algorithms that are more effective for various kind of info. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server performing the action should have adequate resources in order to be able to process the info quick enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Shared Website Hosting
The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can improve the performance of any website hosted in a shared website hosting account with us since not only does it compress data significantly better than algorithms used by other file systems, but it also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to generate backup copies much quicker and on lower disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always restore all the content that you may have removed by mistake.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll 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 boost any kind of website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is present. The high performance requires lots of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be created much more quickly without loading the servers.