Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits which should be stored or transmitted and this particular process is very important in the web hosting field as information recorded on hard drives is generally compressed in order to take less space. There're various algorithms for compressing info and they have different efficiency based on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so no data can be lost, while others remove unneeded bits, which results in worse quality when the particular data is uncompressed. The method requires plenty of processing time, so an internet hosting server should be powerful enough in order to be able to compress and uncompress data immediately. An illustration how binary code can be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five sequential 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.
Data Compression in Web Hosting
The cloud web hosting platform where your web hosting account is made works by using the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is superior in various aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method which many other file systems use, but it is also faster. The benefits may be significant in particular on compressible content such as website files. While it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make numerous daily backups of the full content in each Internet hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, to not affect the performance of the servers.