The term data compression means decreasing the number of bits of data which has to be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without the loss of data, so what will be removed at the time of the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the content and its quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find different compression algorithms that are more efficient for different type of information. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server executing the action needs to have adequate resources to be able to process your info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store just how many sequential positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Hosting
The cloud internet hosting platform where your hosting
account shall be made uses the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which some other file systems use, but it is also a lot quicker. The gains may be significant especially on compressible content like website files. Despite the fact that it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make numerous daily backups of the entire content in every single hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last backup which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of our 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 positively 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. In this way, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that is provided by the numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backups of your content every day and have them for a month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than typical backups and will be created much quicker without loading the servers.