Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that should be saved or transmitted and this process is rather important in the web hosting field because data kept on hard disk drives is often compressed so as to take less space. There're many different algorithms for compressing information and they provide different efficiency depending on the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This method needs a lot of processing time, so an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data right away. An instance how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your website hosting account will be generated uses the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is superior in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which a number of other file systems use, but it's also faster. The benefits are significant particularly on compressible content like website files. While it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make a number of daily backups of the whole content in each web hosting account, so in the event you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy that we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not affect the performance of our servers.