Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits which have to be saved or transmitted and the process is very 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 effectiveness depending on the content. A lot of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The process requires a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An instance how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five consecutive 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is called LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any site hosted in a cloud web hosting account on our end since not only does it compress data much better than algorithms employed by other file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform since it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backups much more rapidly and on reduced disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation won't affect the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always restore all content that you could have deleted by mistake.