What type of info can you compress? How exactly does data compression work? Find out more about its space-saving advantages.
Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which should be saved or transmitted and this particular process is quite important in the web hosting field because info filed on HDDs is often compressed in order to take less space. There're many different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different efficiency based upon the content. A number of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. The process needs a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. One example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud hosting
account will be generated employs the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned employs is greater in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it's also quicker. The benefits can be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the whole content in each and every web hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not affect the performance of our servers.
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 one of the best algorithms out there and certainly the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data quicker than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. That way, using LZ4 will speed up every 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 numerous clusters working together as a part of our platform. Furthermore, LZ4 enables us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for one month as they'll take a reduced amount of space than regular backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.