What info is it possible to compress? Just how does data compression function? Learn more about its space-saving pros.
Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that need to be saved or transmitted and the process is quite important in the web hosting field because info stored on hard drives is often compressed in order to take less space. There're many different algorithms for compressing info and they offer different efficiency based on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This method consumes plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An example how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Website Hosting
The compression algorithm which we employ on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new website hosting
account will be created is known as LZ4 and it's used by the cutting-edge ZFS file system which powers the platform. The algorithm is far better than the ones other file systems use since its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data significantly faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens faster than information can be read from a hard drive. For that reason, LZ4 improves the performance of any website stored on a server that uses the algorithm. We take full advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to make a couple of daily backup copies of the entire content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do our backup copies take less space, but in addition their generation does not slow the servers down like it often happens with various other file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting
account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the most efficient one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data much faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. In this way, using LZ4 will quicken any kind of Internet site that runs on a platform where the algorithm is present. This high performance requires plenty of CPU processing time, that's provided by the multitude of clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 allows us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for a month as they will take a reduced amount of space than standard backups and will be created considerably quicker without loading the servers.