Data compression is the lowering of the number of bits which need to be stored or transmitted and the process is rather important in the web hosting field since data kept on hard drives is generally compressed in order to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing info and they offer different efficiency based upon the content. Some of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. This process consumes plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server should be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An example how binary code may be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting
The compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can boost the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud website hosting account on our end because not only does it compress data much better than algorithms employed by various file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard disk reading speeds. This is achieved by using a lot 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. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to generate backup copies more speedily and on lower disk space, so we can have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. That way, we could always recover all the content that you may have deleted by accident.