The process of files getting damaged as a result of some hardware or software failure is known as data corruption and this is among the main problems that Internet hosting companies face since the larger a hard disk is and the more info is kept on it, the much more likely it is for data to become corrupted. You'll find various fail-safes, yet often the info is corrupted silently, so neither the particular file system, nor the administrators see anything. Thus, a damaged file will be handled as a good one and if the hard disk drive is a part of a RAID, the file will be copied on all other disk drives. In theory, this is for redundancy, but in reality the damage will be even worse. The moment a given file gets corrupted, it will be partially or entirely unreadable, so a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will show a random combination of colors in case it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, so you risk losing your website content. Although the most popular server file systems feature various checks, they often fail to detect a problem early enough or require a vast period of time in order to check all of the files and the web server will not be functional in the meantime.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Shared Web Hosting

The integrity of the data that you upload to your new shared web hosting account shall be ensured by the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud platform. The vast majority of hosting suppliers, including our firm, use multiple hard disk drives to store content and because the drives work in a RAID, the exact same information is synchronized between the drives all the time. If a file on a drive is corrupted for whatever reason, yet, it's 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 applies a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each file. If a file gets corrupted, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, which means that the damaged copy shall be substituted with a good one from a different hard drive. Due to the fact that this happens instantly, there's no possibility for any of your files to ever be corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

You won't need to deal with any kind of silent data corruption issues whatsoever should you obtain one of our semi-dedicated hosting solutions because the ZFS file system that we employ on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums to guarantee that all files are undamaged at all times. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint which is assigned to each and every file saved on a server. As we store all content on a number of drives simultaneously, the same file uses the same checksum on all of the drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives right away. In the event that 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 probability of the corrupted copy to be synchronized on the rest of the hard disks. ZFS is the sole file system out there which uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems which cannot detect silent data corruption and copy bad files across hard drives.