Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that have to be saved or transmitted and the process is quite important in the internet hosting field since info located on hard drives is usually compressed to take less space. You'll find different algorithms for compressing data and they provide different efficiency based on the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This process uses plenty of processing time, which means that a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your hosting account shall be generated works by using the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is greater in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also considerably quicker. The benefits can be significant particularly on compressible content like website files. Although it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of any website hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to make numerous daily backups of the full content in each hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last backup that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.