Data compression is the compacting of data by lowering the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Consequently, the compressed info will take much less disk space than the original one, so more content can be stored on identical amount of space. There are many different compression algorithms which function in different ways and with some of them just the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the info is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others delete unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will lead to reduced quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a large amount of system resources, and in particular CPU processing time, therefore each and every Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time needs to have enough power to support that attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the entire code.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud internet hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account shall be generated uses the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter uses is superior in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it's also quicker. The gains are significant particularly on compressible content like website files. Although it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk, so the performance of each website hosted on our servers will be boosted. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce a number of daily backups of the entire content in each hosting account, so should you delete anything by accident, the last backup that we have will not be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, to not change the performance of our servers.