The term data compression means lowering the number of bits of data which has to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without the loss of information, so what will be deleted throughout the compression can be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the content and the quality shall be the same, whereas in the second case the quality shall be worse. You'll find different compression algorithms which are more efficient for different type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes lots of processing time, so the server carrying out the action should have adequate resources in order to be able to process the data fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code rather than storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can improve the performance of any site hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data significantly better than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform for the reason that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backup copies more speedily and on lower disk space, so we shall have multiple daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always recover all the content that you could have erased by accident.

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's among the best algorithms out there and positively the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the large number of clusters working together as part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and keep them for one month as they will take a reduced amount of space than typical backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.