Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed data will need considerably less disk space than the initial one, so extra content could be stored using identical amount of space. You can find various compression algorithms which function in different ways and with several of them just the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the information is uncompressed, there's no loss of quality. Others delete excessive bits, but uncompressing the data later will result in reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a huge amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so any Internet hosting platform that employs compression in real time must have ample power to support that feature. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of saving the actual code.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud hosting account is generated uses the impressive ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is better in lots of aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method which a number of other file systems use, but it is also a lot faster. The gains are significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. Although it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of each Internet site hosted on our servers will be better. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate multiple daily backups of the whole content in each and every web hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by mistake, the last backup which we have will not be more than a few hours old. This is possible as the backups take considerably less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.