The term data compression means decreasing the number of bits of info which needs to be stored or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing data, so what will be removed during the compression can be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed subsequently, in the first case the content and its quality will be identical, whereas in the second case the quality will be worse. You will find different compression algorithms that are more effective for different sort of information. Compressing and uncompressing data normally takes a lot of processing time, so the server carrying out the action should have ample resources to be able to process the info fast enough. One simple example how information can be compressed is to store how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code as an alternative to storing the actual 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Web Hosting

The compression algorithm employed by the ZFS file system that runs on our cloud hosting platform is named LZ4. It can upgrade the performance of any Internet site hosted in a web hosting account with us since not only does it compress info more effectively than algorithms employed by alternative file systems, but it uncompresses data at speeds that are higher than the hard drive reading speeds. This can be done by using a great deal of CPU processing time, which is not a problem for our platform due to the fact that it uses clusters of powerful servers working together. A further advantage of LZ4 is that it enables us to create backups more quickly and on less disk space, so we can have several daily backups of your files and databases and their generation will not affect the performance of the servers. In this way, we could always restore all the content that you may have deleted by mistake.