Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Because of this, the compressed info takes considerably less disk space than the original one, so much more content could be stored on identical amount of space. There are many different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with many of them only the redundant bits are erased, therefore once the info is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others erase unnecessary bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will result in lower quality in comparison with the original. Compressing and uncompressing content consumes a significant amount of system resources, especially CPU processing time, therefore every hosting platform that employs compression in real time needs to have sufficient power to support that attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to substitute a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" the number of consecutive 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the whole code.

Data Compression in Cloud Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your cloud hosting account will be created works by using the advanced ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the aforementioned employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress data better than any compression method that some other file systems use, but it's also quicker. The gains can be significant especially on compressible content like website files. Even though it could sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of every website hosted on our servers shall be improved. The better and faster compression rates also make it possible for us to make a large number of daily backups of the full content in each Internet hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last back-up copy which we have won't be more than a couple of hours old. This is possible because the backups take much less space and their generation is quick enough, to not change the performance of the servers.