The process of files getting corrupted as a consequence of some hardware or software failure is known as data corruption and this is one of the main problems which web hosting companies face since the larger a hard disk is and the more info is placed on it, the much more likely it is for data to get corrupted. There're different fail-safes, still often the information is corrupted silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins notice a thing. Consequently, a corrupted file will be handled as a good one and if the hard drive is part of a RAID, that file will be duplicated on all other disk drives. In principle, this is done for redundancy, but in reality the damage will get worse. Once a file gets damaged, it will be partially or fully unreadable, so a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will present a random blend of colors in case it opens at all and an archive will be impossible to unpack, and you risk losing your site content. Although the most widespread server file systems include various checks, they quite often fail to identify a problem early enough or require a vast time period in order to check all the files and the hosting server will not be operational for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Hosting

The integrity of the data that you upload to your new hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we employ on our cloud platform. The vast majority of internet hosting suppliers, like our company, use multiple HDDs to store content and considering that the drives work in a RAID, exactly the same data is synchronized between the drives all of the time. In case a file on a drive gets corrupted for reasons unknown, yet, it is more than likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives since alternative file systems don't include special checks for this. In contrast to them, ZFS employs a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every file. If a file gets damaged, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, so the bad copy will be replaced with a good one from another hard drive. Due to the fact that this happens right away, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever get damaged.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be shielded from silent data corruption since all of our storage servers work with the effective ZFS file system. What makes the latter unique is that it employs checksums, or digital identifiers, so as to verify the integrity of each and every file. When you upload content to your account, it will be kept on several redundant drives in a RAID i.e. the files will be the same on all disks. All copies of a given file will have the same checksum on all hard drives and ZFS will compare the checksums of the copies quickly, so if it identifies a mismatch, which will indicate that one of the copies is damaged, it will substitute that file with a healthy copy from one of the other drives. Even if there is a sudden blackout, 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 after some malfunction, extending the time needed for the server to go back online. ZFS is the file system which can really protect your content from silent data corruption.