Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and the process is very important in the web hosting field since info located on hard drives is usually compressed so as to take less space. You'll find different algorithms for compressing information and they have different efficiency based upon the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The method needs plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. One example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud internet hosting platform is named LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any website hosted in a cloud web hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms used by various other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform due to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backups a lot faster and on less disk space, so we will have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. That way, we could always restore all content that you may have deleted by mistake.