Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that should be stored or transmitted and this process is rather important in the internet hosting field because information located on hard disk drives is generally compressed so as to take less space. You can find different algorithms for compressing info and they provide different efficiency depending on the content. Some of them remove only the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality when your data is uncompressed. This process employs a lot of processing time, therefore a web hosting server has to be powerful enough to be able to compress and uncompress data instantly. One example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account will be made works by using the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is better in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that other file systems use, but it is also faster. The gains can be significant particularly on compressible content which includes website files. Although it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers will be improved. The better and faster compression rates also allow us to make numerous daily backups of the entire content in each hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last back-up copy which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of our servers.