The process of files being corrupted because of some hardware or software failure is called data corruption and this is among the main problems which web hosting companies face because the larger a hard disk drive is and the more information is placed on it, the much more likely it is for data to become corrupted. There are a couple of fail-safes, but often the info gets damaged silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins notice anything. As a result, a corrupted file will be treated as a regular one and if the hard disk is part of a RAID, that file will be copied on all other drives. In principle, this is done for redundancy, but in practice the damage will be worse. Once a given file gets corrupted, it will be partly or completely unreadable, so a text file will not be readable, an image file will show a random mix of colors if it opens at all and an archive will be impossible to unpack, so you risk losing your content. Although the most frequently used server file systems have various checks, they quite often fail to detect some problem early enough or require an extensive time period in order to check all of the files and the web hosting server will not be functional for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Web Hosting

In case you host your websites in a cloud web hosting account from our firm, you will not need to worry about any of your data ever getting damaged. We can guarantee that since our cloud hosting platform uses the cutting-edge ZFS file system. The latter is the only file system that uses checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each and every file. All of the info that you upload will be stored in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on many SSD drives. All of the file systems synchronize the files between the different drives with this type of a setup, but there's no real warranty that a file won't get corrupted. This may happen throughout the writing process on any drive and afterwards a corrupted copy may be copied on all other drives. What is different on our platform is that ZFS compares the checksums of all files on all of the drives live and if a corrupted file is found, it is replaced with a good copy with the correct checksum from some other drive. That way, your info will continue to be intact no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be resistant to silent data corruption since all of our storage servers use the reliable ZFS file system. What makes the latter unique is that it employs checksums, or digital identifiers, to ensure the integrity of every single file. When you upload content to your account, it will be placed on several redundant drives in a RAID i.e. the files shall be the same across all disk drives. All the copies of a particular file will have the same checksum on all hard disks and ZFS will compare the checksums of the copies right away, so if it detects a mismatch, that would indicate that one of the copies is corrupted, it will replace that file with a healthy copy from one of the other disks. Even if there's an unforeseen power failure, the data on the servers will not get corrupted and there won't be any need for a time-consuming system check which other file systems perform after some malfunction, lengthening the time needed for the server to return online. ZFS is the file system that can really protect your content from silent data corruption.