Data Compression in Cloud Hosting
The ZFS file system that runs on our cloud Internet hosting platform employs a compression algorithm called LZ4. The aforementioned is a lot faster and better than any other algorithm available on the market, especially for compressing and uncompressing non-binary data i.e. web content. LZ4 even uncompresses data faster than it is read from a hard disk drive, which improves the performance of sites hosted on ZFS-based platforms. Since the algorithm compresses data quite well and it does that quickly, we can generate several backup copies of all the content kept in the cloud hosting accounts on our servers every day. Both your content and its backups will take less space and since both ZFS and LZ4 work very quickly, the backup generation will not affect the performance of the web hosting servers where your content will be kept.