Learn on the main advantages of data compression. Find out how it works as well as what data can be compressed.
The term data compression refers to reducing the number of bits of info that has to be saved or transmitted. You can do this with or without losing information, so what will be erased at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the data and the quality shall be the same, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. You can find different compression algorithms which are more effective for various kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data often takes a lot of processing time, which means that the server executing the action must have enough resources to be able to process your info fast enough. An example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and just how many should have 0 within the binary code instead of storing the actual 1s and 0s.
Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system which runs on our cloud hosting platform is known as LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any Internet site hosted in a cloud hosting
account on our end as not only does it compress data more effectively than algorithms used by various other file systems, but also uncompresses data at speeds which are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal 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 backups at a higher speed and on reduced disk space, so we shall have several daily backups of your databases and files and their generation will not influence the performance of the servers. This way, we can always restore any kind of content that you may have removed by accident.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your sites in a semi-dedicated hosting
account with our company, you will be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that is behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What differentiates LZ4 from all other algorithms out there is that it has an improved compression ratio and it is much faster, especially when it comes to uncompressing web content. It does that even faster than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your sites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that is not an issue for our platform because it consists of a large number of clusters working together. Along with the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backup copies at your disposal, so you will be able to recover any deleted content with just a few clicks. The backup copies are available for a whole month and we can afford to keep them since they take a lot less space compared to standard backups.