What data is it possible to compress? How exactly does data compression work? Find out more about its space-saving pros.
The term data compression refers to lowering the number of bits of information which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be done with or without the loss of data, so what will be erased throughout the compression will be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the data and its quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality will be worse. You can find different compression algorithms which are more efficient for various type of information. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes plenty of processing time, therefore the server executing the action needs to have plenty of resources in order to be able to process your data fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 inside the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting
The compression algorithm that we work with on the cloud internet hosting platform where your new cloud website hosting
account shall be created is named LZ4 and it's applied by the revolutionary ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is more advanced than the ones other file systems work with because its compression ratio is higher and it processes data considerably faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens faster than info can be read from a hard disk. Because of this, LZ4 improves the performance of every site stored on a server that uses this algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in an additional way - its speed and compression ratio make it possible for us to produce a couple of daily backups of the full content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do our backups take less space, but their generation will not slow the servers down like it often happens with various other file systems.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server
account from our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, in particular when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed information can be read from a hard drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed is at the expense of using plenty of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform because it consists of a large number of clusters working together. In addition to the improved performance, you'll have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you will be able to recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for an entire month and we can afford to keep them because they take significantly less space than ordinary backups.