The process of files being damaged caused by some hardware or software failure is referred to as data corruption and this is among the main problems that Internet hosting companies face as the larger a hard disk is and the more data is stored on it, the more likely it is for data to be corrupted. You can find various fail-safes, yet often the info gets corrupted silently, so neither the file system, nor the administrators notice anything. As a result, a corrupted file will be handled as a good one and if the hard disk is part of a RAID, that file will be duplicated on all other disk drives. Theoretically, this is for redundancy, but in practice the damage will get worse. Once a file gets corrupted, it will be partially or completely unreadable, which means that 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, and you risk losing your site content. Although the most well-known server file systems feature various checks, they often fail to detect a problem early enough or require a vast amount of time to be able to check all of the files and the web hosting server will not be operational for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Hosting

The integrity of the data that you upload to your new cloud hosting account will be ensured by the ZFS file system which we employ on our cloud platform. Most of the internet hosting service providers, like our firm, use multiple hard disks to keep content and since the drives work in a RAID, the same data is synchronized between the drives all the time. If a file on a drive is damaged for whatever reason, yet, it's likely that it will be copied on the other drives since alternative file systems do not have special checks for this. Unlike them, ZFS applies a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every file. If a file gets corrupted, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, so the damaged copy will be swapped with a good one from another hard disk drive. Because 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

If you acquire one of our semi-dedicated server plans, you will not need to be concerned about silent data corruption since we use ZFS - an advanced file system which checks all of the files in real time. Every time you upload a file to your website hosting account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. The file will be synced between several SSD drives for redundancy, so if one drive fails, the other ones will take control. ZFS compares the checksum of all copies on the different drives and in case it detects a damaged copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from a different drive. This is done right away, so there will be no danger for any part of your content at any time. In comparison, all of the other file systems perform checks after a system failure, but since they do not use anything similar to the checksums that ZFS uses, they won't detect silently corrupted files, so a bad copy can be replicated on the other drives as well and you can lose important info. As this is not the case with ZFS, we can warrant the integrity of each file you upload no matter what.