Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which have to be saved or transmitted and this process is very important in the web hosting field since data filed on hard drives is often compressed so as to take less space. You'll find many different algorithms for compressing information and they have different efficiency depending on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This method needs plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is named LZ4. It can improve the performance of any site hosted in a web hosting account on our end since not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This can be done by using a lot of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backup copies much more quickly and on lower disk space, so we can have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. This way, we could always recover all the content that you could have deleted by mistake.