What is GZIP?

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gzip is a compression utility. Its main advantages are that it provides excellent levels of compression and is free from any patented algorithms. gzip was written by Jean-loup Gailly, while Mark Adler wrote the decompression code.

The GMS makes use of gzip in a number of ways including dynamic compression of HTML. This cuts down the bandwidth required to deliver pages to web browsers and results in remote users getting a much faster response from the server.

By using compression when delivering pages, network utilisation can be reduced by 30% to 50% per transaction. Users on slow links will see a vast improvement in speed of display and responses to email messages.

In addition to compressing webpages for speedy delivery, gzip technology is also used to compress message archives when using GMS Archive & Recovery. Gzip is also used to compress logs when compressing logs automatically or when sending vital files to support.

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