Data compression is the compacting of info by decreasing the number of bits that are stored or transmitted. Thus, the compressed info will require less disk space than the initial one, so extra content could be stored on the same amount of space. You will find different compression algorithms that function in different ways and with a lot of them only the redundant bits are removed, therefore once the data is uncompressed, there is no loss of quality. Others remove unneeded bits, but uncompressing the data subsequently will lead to reduced quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content needs a significant amount of system resources, particularly CPU processing time, so each and every Internet hosting platform which uses compression in real time needs to have sufficient 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" the number of sequential 1s or 0s there should be instead of keeping the whole code.
Data Compression in Cloud Web Hosting
The compression algorithm which we work with on the cloud web hosting platform where your new cloud web hosting account will be created is known as LZ4 and it's applied by the leading-edge ZFS file system which powers the system. The algorithm is better than the ones other file systems work with since its compression ratio is a lot higher and it processes data a lot faster. The speed is most noticeable when content is being uncompressed since this happens more quickly than info can be read from a hard drive. As a result, LZ4 improves the performance of any website stored on a server which uses this particular algorithm. We take advantage of LZ4 in one more way - its speed and compression ratio allow us to generate multiple daily backups of the entire content of all accounts and store them for thirty days. Not only do the backup copies take less space, but their generation will not slow the servers down like it often happens with other file systems.