Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that have to be stored or transmitted and this process is quite important in the web hosting field because information stored on hard disk drives is typically compressed in order to take less space. You will find different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different effectiveness based upon the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This process requires plenty of processing time, therefore an internet hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. 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 internet hosting platform where your website hosting account is generated uses the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that a number of other file systems use, but it's also a lot quicker. The benefits are significant especially on compressible content like website files. Even though it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make a number of daily backups of the entire content in every single hosting account, so should you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.