Learn exactly what Data Compression is and see how it may affect your websites along with the experience of your visitors.
The term data compression identifies lowering the number of bits of information that should be stored or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing info, which means that what will be deleted during the compression shall be either redundant data or unnecessary one. When the data is uncompressed later on, in the first case the information and its quality shall be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. There're various compression algorithms which are more effective for various type of data. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes plenty of processing time, which means that the server performing the action should have sufficient resources in order to be able to process your info fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many sequential positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the particular 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting
The ZFS file system which is run on our cloud Internet hosting platform employs a compression algorithm named LZ4. The latter is a lot faster and better than every other algorithm on the market, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. internet content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard drive, which improves the performance of sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. As the algorithm compresses data really well and it does that quickly, we're able to generate several backups of all the content stored in the cloud web hosting
accounts on our servers on a daily basis. Both your content and its backups will take reduced space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very quickly, the backup generation will not affect the performance of the servers where your content will be stored.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The ZFS file system that runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated hosting
account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is among the best algorithms out there and certainly the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing website content, as its ratio is very high and it can uncompress data faster than the same data can be read from a hard drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will speed up any kind of website that runs on a platform where this algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, which is provided by the numerous clusters working together as part of our platform. In addition, LZ4 makes it possible for us to generate several backup copies of your content every day and save them for one month as they will take a reduced amount of space than regular backups and will be generated much quicker without loading the servers.