Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that should be saved or transmitted and the process is rather important in the internet hosting field due to the fact that information located on HDDs is usually compressed in order to take less space. You can find various algorithms for compressing info and they provide different effectiveness based upon the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data will be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which results in worse quality once your data is uncompressed. This method uses plenty of processing time, which means that an internet hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data quickly. An instance how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, in contrast to storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud web hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can boost the performance of any website hosted in a cloud website hosting account on our end as not only does it compress data much better than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the HDD reading speeds. This is achieved by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform considering the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. One more advantage of LZ4 is that it allows us to make backups much quicker and on lower disk space, so we shall have a couple of daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not change the performance of the servers. This way, we could always recover the content that you may have deleted by accident.