Yes compression saves valuable hard-drive space, but as the technology world becomes more and more hosted, it’s also just as important for saving money. Previously I have explored various types of compression, general, and file type specific. I have also explored various drivers for compression, archive, and space saving on regularly consumed files. But what I have not talked about in detail is how compression is becoming more and more popular for saving money from hosted storage services.
Hosted software products are being created at a faster rate than installed. Many of these hosted solutions are content driven such as content management, eDiscovery, accounts payable, off-site storage etc. and they are all rooted in storing data. It is the preferred business model for the companies producing these solutions to charge per mega-byte of usage or combination of mega-byte usage and a monthly service charge. For this reason, it’s important to consider how much storage is being used up. Not only because of cost control, but also to make sure the system is being utilized on useful data and not garbage.
Often organizations purchase an allotment of storage that they pay for monthly; their goal is to not exceed their storage limit and have to upgrade to the next level. Often with the content management services and in particular documents, they can be uploaded but are never utilized within the system and are purely space wasters.
For these reasons, compression is a great tool to reduce the size of the files on your hosted service. The type of compression used for hosted services would need to be file specific. Hosted applications understand specific file formats and how to consume them; compression formats such as zip would not be useful for that reason. Instead, compression for particular formats such as PDF compression must be used. In this way, you are still working with a compatible and consumable PDF, but at a much smaller size. The driver for the compression must be compression for regular consumption. There are hosted archival systems, but in this case I’m discussing hosted products where the data contained in them are used on a frequent to semi-frequent basis.
By compressing documents a company can store more data for less storage fee. As hosted software products become more common, you will see people seeking better and better ways to make their files smaller but maintain quality.
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