The process of files getting corrupted as a consequence of 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 disk drive is and the more data is kept on it, the more likely it is for data to get corrupted. There're different fail-safes, yet often the info gets corrupted silently, so neither the particular file system, nor the admins detect anything. As a result, a bad file will be handled as a regular one and if the hard disk drive is a part of a RAID, the file will be copied on all other drives. In principle, this is done for redundancy, but in practice the damage will be worse. Once some file gets damaged, it will be partially or completely unreadable, therefore a text file will not be readable, an image file will display a random blend of colors in case it opens at all and an archive will be impossible to unpack, so you risk losing your site content. Although the most popular server file systems include various checks, they frequently fail to find some problem early enough or require a vast amount of time in order to check all the files and the server will not be functional in the meantime.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new cloud hosting account will be ensured by the ZFS file system that we employ on our cloud platform. Most hosting suppliers, including our firm, use multiple hard drives to keep content and since the drives work in a RAID, the exact same info is synchronized between the drives all the time. In case a file on a drive is damaged for some reason, however, it's very likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives since other file systems don't offer special checks for that. 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 bad copy shall be swapped with a good one from another drive. Due to the fact that this happens in real time, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever be corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

You will not have to deal with any silent data corruption issues whatsoever in case you purchase one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans as the ZFS file system that we employ on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums in order to make sure that all the files are intact at all times. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint that is allotted to each and every file kept on a server. Since we store all content on a number of 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 right away. When it detects that a file is corrupted and its checksum is different from what it should be, it replaces that file with a healthy copy without delay, avoiding any possibility of the damaged copy to be synchronized on the remaining hard disks. ZFS is the only file system out there that uses checksums, which makes it much more reliable than other file systems that are unable to detect silent data corruption and copy bad files across hard drives.