Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the web hosting field since info located on hard disk drives is typically compressed in order to take less space. You will find various algorithms for compressing data and they have different efficiency depending on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This method consumes a lot of processing time, so a hosting server should be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. One example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any website hosted in a cloud website hosting account with us since not only does it compress info significantly better than algorithms used by other 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 owing to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to create backups much more rapidly and on less disk space, so we will have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore all the content that you may have deleted by mistake.