Data compression is the compacting of information by reducing the number of bits which are stored or transmitted. As a result, the compressed data needs less disk space than the initial one, so more content could be stored using identical amount of space. You'll find various compression algorithms which function in different ways and with a lot of them only the redundant bits are erased, so once the data is uncompressed, there's no decrease in quality. Others delete excessive bits, but uncompressing the data at a later time will lead to lower quality compared to the original. Compressing and uncompressing content requires a significant amount of system resources, in particular CPU processing time, so each and every Internet hosting platform that uses compression in real time needs to have adequate power to support that attribute. An example how data can be compressed is to replace a binary code such as 111111 with 6x1 i.e. "remembering" what number of sequential 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 shall be created employs the reliable ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method which the aforementioned uses is better in many aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which a variety of other file systems use, but it's also much faster. The benefits are significant especially on compressible content like website files. Although it may sound irrational, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed data from a hard drive, so the performance of every Internet site hosted on our servers shall be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to produce a number of daily backups of the whole content in each web hosting account, so in the event you delete anything by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than a couple of hours old. This can be done as the backups take much less space and their generation is fast enough, to not influence the performance of our servers.