The process of files being corrupted due to some hardware or software failure is called data corruption and this is among the main problems which hosting companies face because the larger a hard drive is and the more data is placed on it, the more likely it is for data to get corrupted. There are different fail-safes, but often the information becomes corrupted silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins notice anything. As a result, a bad file will be handled as a regular one and if the hard drive is a part of a RAID, that particular file will be copied on all other disk drives. Theoretically, this is for redundancy, but in reality the damage will be even worse. The moment some file gets damaged, it will be partly or fully unreadable, therefore a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will present a random mix of colors if it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, and you risk losing your content. Although the most popular server file systems have various checks, they frequently fail to identify some problem early enough or require an extensive period of time to check all the files and the server will not be operational in the meantime.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Web Hosting

The integrity of the data that you upload to your new web hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we make use of on our cloud platform. The majority of internet hosting suppliers, like our company, use multiple hard drives to store content and since the drives work in a RAID, identical data is synchronized between the drives all the time. In case a file on a drive is corrupted for reasons unknown, yet, it is very likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives as alternative file systems don't offer special checks for that. Unlike them, ZFS employs a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. If a file gets corrupted, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, therefore the damaged copy will be substituted with a good one from a different hard drive. Since this happens immediately, there's no risk for any of your files to ever get corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be resistant to silent data corruption as all our storage servers employ the innovative ZFS file system. What makes the aforementioned unique is that it uses checksums, or digital identifiers, so as to verify the integrity of every single file. When you upload content to your account, it'll be placed on a couple of redundant drives being employed in a RAID i.e. the files shall be the same across all disk drives. All of the copies of a particular file will feature the same checksum on all drives and ZFS will compare the checksums of the duplicates quickly, and if it finds a mismatch, that will indicate that one of the copies is corrupted, it'll swap that file with a good copy from one of the other drives. Even if there is an unexpected power loss, the data on the servers won't get corrupted and there will not be any need for a time-consuming system check that other file systems perform following some breakdown, lengthening the time needed for the server to go back online. ZFS is the only file system that can really protect your content from silent data corruption.