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Log File Compression Explained

SmarterStats was developed for all manner of users, from the webmaster with one or two sites, to large scale enterprises with 10,000 sites or more. With this in mind, SmarterStats incorporates a compression scheme that reduces the amount of raw log files stored on a web server. The benefits of this architecture are practically limitless:

  • Smaller log files mean less disk space required for log file storage.
  • Smaller log files means less backup space required for backing up log files plus faster backup schedules.
  • Smaller log files mean shorter download times for clients.
  • Smaller log files mean faster data queries and faster display times.
  • Smaller disk space requirements means less initial investment in hardware.
  • Faster backup schedules means less overhead for monitoring backups.
  • And the list goes on and on.

In a nutshell, SmarterStats takes traditional web server log files and segregates redundant data, turning log file data into an optimized file-based relational database. This step, in and of itself, can reduce log file sizes up to 80%. Additionally, SmarterStats compresses the already small SmarterLogs even further, adding another 5-10% reduction in the size of the log files.