Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and the process is very important in the internet hosting field as info kept on hard disk drives is usually compressed so as to take less space. There are many different algorithms for compressing info and they offer different efficiency based upon the content. A lot of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which leads to worse quality once the particular data is uncompressed. This method needs a lot of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. 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 Cloud Hosting

The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is called LZ4. It can supercharge the performance of any website hosted in a cloud hosting account on our end because not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms employed by various file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, that is not a problem for our platform due to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. An additional advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backups faster and on reduced disk space, so we can have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. That way, we can always recover the content that you could have deleted by accident.