Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which have to be stored or transmitted and this process is really important in the web hosting field since info stored on hard drives is often compressed in order to take less space. You'll find various algorithms for compressing data and they have different effectiveness based upon the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others delete unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. The method employs a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An instance how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your web hosting account shall be made employs the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is superior in numerous aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that many other file systems use, but it is also faster. The gains will be significant in particular on compressible content like website files. Although it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers shall be boosted. The better and quicker 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 mistake, the last backup which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not affect the performance of the servers.