What data can you compress? Just how does data compression work? Learn more about its space-saving advantages.
Data compression is the compacting of data by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. In this way, the compressed info requires much less disk space than the initial one, so extra content could be stored on identical amount of space. You will find different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with a lot of them just the redundant bits are removed, therefore once the information is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others delete excessive bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a significant amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, so any web hosting platform which uses compression in real time must have ample power to support that feature. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the entire code.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud hosting
account will be generated uses the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which a number of other file systems use, but it is also quicker. The benefits are significant particularly on compressible content like website files. Even though it may sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard drive, so the performance of each and every Internet site hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to produce a number of daily backups of the full content in each and every hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of the servers.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server
account from our company, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud hosting platform. What distinguishes LZ4 from all the other algorithms out there is that it has a better compression ratio and it is much faster, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed data can be read from a hard drive, so your websites will perform faster. The higher speed is at the expense of using a considerable amount of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform since it consists of a lot of clusters working together. In combination with the superior performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you'll be able to restore any deleted content with several clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them as they take significantly less space compared to conventional backups.