The process of files being damaged due to some hardware or software failure is known as data corruption and this is one of the main problems that Internet hosting companies face as the larger a hard drive is and the more information is filed on it, the more likely it is for data to get corrupted. You will find various fail-safes, but often the information gets corrupted silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins detect a thing. As a result, a bad file will be handled as a standard one and if the hard drive is a part of a RAID, that file will be copied on all other drives. In principle, this is for redundancy, but in practice the damage will be even worse. The moment some file gets damaged, it will be partially or completely unreadable, so a text file will not be readable, an image file will display a random combination of colors in case it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, and you risk losing your website content. Although the most commonly used server file systems include various checks, they frequently fail to identify a problem early enough or require a vast period of time in order to check all files and the web server will not be operational for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new hosting account will be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we use on our cloud platform. The vast majority of web hosting providers, like our firm, use multiple hard drives to keep content and considering that the drives work in a RAID, the exact same information is synchronized between the drives all of the time. In case a file on a drive gets corrupted for whatever reason, yet, it's more than likely that it will be copied on the other drives as other file systems do not have special checks for this. Unlike them, ZFS uses a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. In case a file gets damaged, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, and the bad copy shall be replaced with a good one from a different drive. Because this happens immediately, there's no risk for any of your files to ever be corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be protected against silent data corruption since all our storage servers employ the state-of-the-art ZFS file system. What makes the latter unique is that it employs checksums, or digital identifiers, in order to guarantee the integrity of each and every file. When you upload content to your account, it'll be stored on a couple of redundant drives in a RAID i.e. the files will be the same across all disks. All the copies of a given file will feature the same checksum on all hard disks and ZFS will compare the checksums of the copies in real time, so if it finds a mismatch, that would indicate that one of the copies is corrupted, it will swap that file with a healthy copy from one of the other drives. Even if there is a sudden power loss, the data on the servers won't be corrupted and there will not be any need for a time-consuming system check which other file systems perform after some breakdown, prolonging the time needed for the server to return online. ZFS is the only file system which can really protect your content from silent data corruption.