The term data compression means decreasing the number of bits of data which should be saved or transmitted. This can be achieved with or without losing information, which means that what will be erased at the time of the compression shall be either redundant data or unneeded one. When the data is uncompressed afterwards, in the first case the information and its quality shall be identical, while in the second case the quality shall be worse. You will find different compression algorithms that are more efficient for different kind of data. Compressing and uncompressing data generally takes lots of processing time, therefore the server performing the action should have sufficient resources to be able to process the info fast enough. A simple example how information can be compressed is to store just how many consecutive positions should have 1 and how many should have 0 in the binary code as an alternative to storing the particular 1s and 0s.

Data Compression in Cloud Website Hosting

The cloud hosting platform where your cloud website hosting account shall be made works by using the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is greater in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method that a variety of other file systems use, but it is also faster. The benefits can be significant in particular on compressible content which includes website files. While it may sound illogical, uncompressing data with LZ4 is quicker than reading uncompressed data from a hard disk, so the performance of any site hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to generate a large number of daily backups of the entire content in each and every hosting account, so should you delete something by mistake, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than several hours old. This can be done because the backups take significantly less space and their generation is quick enough, so as to not change the performance of our servers.