Data compression is the reduction of the number of bits that need to be stored or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the internet hosting field as info stored on hard drives is usually compressed so as to take less space. You can find many different algorithms for compressing info and they have different efficiency depending on the content. Many of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others delete unnecessary bits, which results in worse quality when the data is uncompressed. The method employs plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server needs to be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there're five sequential 1s, for example, as an alternative to storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers

The ZFS file system which runs on the cloud platform where your semi-dedicated server account will be created uses a powerful compression algorithm called LZ4. It is one of the best algorithms out there and definitely the best one when it comes to compressing and uncompressing web content, as its ratio is very high and it'll uncompress data a lot faster than the same data can be read from a hard disk drive if it were uncompressed. Thus, using LZ4 will boost any website that runs on a platform where the algorithm is enabled. The high performance requires a lot of CPU processing time, that is provided by the large number of clusters working together as a part of our platform. What's more, LZ4 allows us to generate several backups of your content every day and keep them for a month as they'll take a smaller amount of space than standard backups and will be generated much more quickly without loading the servers.