The process of files getting corrupted owing to some hardware or software failure is known as data corruption and this is one of the main problems which web hosting companies face because the larger a hard disk drive is and the more info is stored on it, the much more likely it is for data to be corrupted. There are different fail-safes, yet often the data gets damaged silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins see anything. As a result, a damaged file will be treated as a good one and if the HDD is part of a RAID, the file will be copied on all other drives. In theory, this is done for redundancy, but in reality the damage will be even worse. When some file gets corrupted, it will be partially or completely unreadable, therefore a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will show a random blend of colors if it opens at all and an archive will be impossible to unpack, so you risk losing your content. Although the most well-known server file systems feature various checks, they frequently fail to detect some problem early enough or require a vast period of time in order to check all of the files and the web hosting server will not be operational in the meantime.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Website Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new cloud website hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system that we employ on our cloud platform. The vast majority of hosting service providers, like our company, use multiple hard disks to store content and considering that the drives work in a RAID, the same information is synchronized between the drives at all times. In case a file on a drive gets damaged for reasons unknown, however, it's very likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives because other file systems don't include special checks for this. In contrast to them, ZFS uses a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every file. In case a file gets corrupted, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, therefore the damaged copy will be swapped with a good one from a different drive. As this happens right away, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever get corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

You will not experience any kind of silent data corruption issues should you buy one of our semi-dedicated server solutions since the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums to ensure that all the files are intact all the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint that is allotted to each and every file stored on a server. Since we store all content on multiple drives simultaneously, the same file has the same checksum on all of the drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives in real time. In case it detects that a file is corrupted and its checksum is different from what it has to be, it replaces that file with a healthy copy right away, avoiding any chance of the damaged copy to be synchronized on the rest of the hard disks. ZFS is the only file system you will find which uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems that are unable to identify silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across hard drives.