Data compression is the compacting of information by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. In this way, the compressed information will need much less disk space than the original one, so more content might be stored on identical amount of space. There're many different compression algorithms that work in different ways and with a number of them just the redundant bits are erased, which means that once the information is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others remove excessive bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will result in reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a large amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, therefore any hosting platform which uses compression in real time should have enough power to support that feature. An example how info can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the actual code.

Data Compression in Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your hosting account is made employs the innovative ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the latter uses is superior in a number of aspects, and not only does it compress info better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also faster. The benefits can be significant especially on compressible content like website files. Although it could sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers will be upgraded. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make a number of daily backups of the whole content in every single Internet hosting account, so if you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a few hours old. This can be done because the backups take considerably less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of our servers.