The process of files being corrupted as a consequence of some hardware or software failure is called data corruption and this is one of 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 be corrupted. You will find a couple of fail-safes, still often the information gets corrupted silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins detect a thing. Because of this, a corrupted file will be handled as a standard one and if the HDD is a part of a RAID, that particular file will be duplicated on all other disk drives. Theoretically, this is done for redundancy, but in practice the damage will be even worse. Once a file gets corrupted, it will be partly or fully unreadable, therefore a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will present 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 feature various checks, they frequently fail to identify some problem early enough or require an extensive period of time to be able to check all of the files and the web server will not be operational for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Shared Web Hosting

The integrity of the data that you upload to your new shared web hosting account will be guaranteed by the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud platform. Most web hosting service providers, including our firm, use multiple hard drives to keep content and since the drives work in a RAID, identical information is synchronized between the drives all of the time. If a file on a drive is damaged for some reason, however, it is likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives since alternative file systems don't feature special checks for that. Unlike them, ZFS applies a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every single file. If a file gets damaged, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, and the bad copy will be substituted with a good one from another disk drive. As this happens instantly, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever be corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

You won't encounter any silent data corruption issues should you obtain one of our semi-dedicated server plans since the ZFS file system that we use on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums to guarantee that all of the files are undamaged all of the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint that is given to each and every file stored on a server. Because we store all content on a number of drives simultaneously, the same file uses the same checksum on all drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives right away. In the event that 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 rest of the hard disks. ZFS is the sole file system you will find that uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems that cannot detect silent data corruption and copy bad files across drives.