The process of files being corrupted resulting from some hardware or software failure is referred to as data corruption and this is among the main problems that Internet hosting companies face because the larger a hard disk drive is and the more information is filed on it, the more likely it is for data to get corrupted. There are different fail-safes, but often the info is corrupted silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins notice anything. Consequently, a corrupted file will be treated as a regular one and if the hard disk is part of a RAID, that particular file will be duplicated on all other disk drives. In theory, this is for redundancy, but in reality the damage will be even worse. The moment some file gets corrupted, it will be partly or entirely unreadable, which means that a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will display a random blend of colors if it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, and you risk losing your website content. Although the most widespread server file systems include various checks, they often fail to identify a problem early enough or require an extensive period of time to check all the files and the 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 ensured by the ZFS file system that we make use of on our cloud platform. The majority of hosting suppliers, like our company, use multiple HDDs to keep content and because the drives work in a RAID, identical info is synchronized between the drives all the time. In case a file on a drive is damaged for some reason, yet, it's more than likely that it will be copied on the other drives since other file systems don't offer special checks for this. In contrast to them, ZFS works with a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every single file. If a file gets damaged, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, which means that the bad copy will be replaced with a good one from another drive. Since this happens instantly, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever get damaged.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

You won't encounter any kind of silent data corruption issues whatsoever if you obtain one of our semi-dedicated server plans because the ZFS file system that we use on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums in order to guarantee that all of the files are intact all of the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint that is assigned to each and every file kept on a server. Because we store all content on multiple drives simultaneously, the same file has the same checksum on all drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives in real time. When 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 without delay, avoiding any probability of the corrupted copy to be synchronized on the rest of the hard drives. ZFS is the only file system you can get that uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems which cannot identify silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across drives.