Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed data requires much less disk space than the original one, so additional content could be stored on identical amount of space. There are different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with some of them only the redundant bits are removed, so once the info is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a significant amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so every Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have sufficient power to support this attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the entire code.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your shared hosting account will be created uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is superior in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it's also much quicker. The benefits will be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Even though it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of every site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to make a large number of daily backups of the full content in each web hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting account from our company, you can experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much faster, especially when it comes to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed information can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using lots of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform since it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In combination with the better performance, you'll also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can recover any deleted content with a couple of clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them as they need significantly less space than traditional backups.