What info can you compress? How exactly does data compression work? Read more about its space-saving pros.
Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. This way, the compressed data will take substantially less disk space than the initial one, so additional content could be stored on identical amount of space. There're various compression algorithms that function in different ways and with several of them only the redundant bits are removed, so once the data is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others erase excessive bits, but uncompressing the data following that will lead to lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a significant amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so each and every web hosting platform that employs compression in real time needs to have ample power to support that attribute. An example how info can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" how many consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of storing the whole code.
Data Compression in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you host your Internet sites in a semi-dedicated server account from our firm, you'll be able to experience the advantages of LZ4 - the powerful compression algorithm used by the ZFS file system that's behind our advanced cloud Internet hosting platform. What separates LZ4 from all of the other algorithms out there is that it has a higher compression ratio and it is much faster, especially with regard to uncompressing website content. It does that even quicker than uncompressed info can be read from a hard disk drive, so your websites will perform better. The higher speed comes at the expense of using a lot of CPU processing time, that's not a problem for our platform as it consists of numerous clusters working together. Besides the improved performance, you will also have multiple daily backups at your disposal, so you can restore any deleted content with a few clicks. The backups are available for a whole month and we can afford to store them because they take considerably less space than traditional backups.