Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that have to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is rather important in the web hosting field due to the fact that data recorded on hard disk drives is generally compressed to take less space. There are various algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. The method consumes a lot of processing time, which means that a web hosting server needs to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration 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 Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account is made employs the outstanding ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter employs is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it is also a lot faster. The benefits may be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. While it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a number of daily backups of the full content in each and every web hosting account, so in the event you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have won't 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, to not change the performance of our servers.