Storage Smarts Answer #19

SearchStorage editors
Storage Smarts Were you correct? This week's answer is:
b. compression

Learn more:

Requires Free Membership to View

Compression is the reduction in size of data in order to save space or transmission time. For data transmission, compression can be performed on just the data content or on the entire transmission unit (including header data) depending on a number of factors.

Content compression can be as simple as removing all extra space characters, inserting a single repeat character to indicate a string of repeated characters, and substituting smaller bit strings for frequently occurring characters. This kind of compression can reduce a text file to 50% of its original size. Compression is performed by a program that uses a formula or algorithm to determine how to compress or decompress data.

Read Randy Kerns' explanation of file compression in this Ask the Experts response.

For information about different types of compression available for backups, check out this tip by Craig Konas.

Talk with your peers about data compression in the discussion forums.

Do you have an idea for a quiz question topic? Let us know!

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: