What type of data is it possible to compress? Just how does data compression function? Discover more about its space-saving benefits.
Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which have to be saved or transmitted and the process is really important in the web hosting field as info located on hard disks is typically compressed so as to take less space. There're many different algorithms for compressing info and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. Many of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The process requires plenty of processing time, which means that a hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud website hosting
account shall be made works by using the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is superior in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which other file systems use, but it is also much quicker. The gains may be significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. While it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate numerous daily backups of the full content in each and every web hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last back-up copy that we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take a lot less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Your semi-dedicated hosting
account will be created on a cloud platform which runs on the innovative ZFS file system. The aforementioned uses a compression algorithm called LZ4, that is a lot better than various other algorithms with regard to compression ratio and speed. The gain is significant especially when data is being uncompressed and not only is LZ4 much quicker than other algorithms, but it is also quicker in uncompressing data than a system is in reading from a hard disk drive. That's why websites running on a platform which employs LZ4 compression perform better since the algorithm is most effective when it processes compressible data i.e. website content. A further advantage of using LZ4 is that the backup copies of the semi-dedicated accounts that we keep require significantly less space and they're generated quicker, which allows us to keep several daily backups of your files and databases.