Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and the process is quite important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that data located on hard disks is generally compressed so as to take less space. There are many different algorithms for compressing info and they offer different effectiveness based upon the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data will be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. This process 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 instantly. An illustration how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any website hosted in a cloud web hosting account with us as not only does it compress data significantly better than algorithms employed by various 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 considering the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to make backup copies faster and on less disk space, so we will have a couple of daily backups of your files and databases and their generation won't influence the performance of the servers. That way, we can always restore any kind of content that you may have deleted by accident.