Data corruption is the damage of information because of various software or hardware problems. When a file gets damaged, it will no longer work as it should, so an app will not start or shall give errors, a text file could be partially or fully unreadable, an archive file will be impossible to open then unpack, etc. Silent data corruption is the process of info getting harmed without any acknowledgement by the system or an admin, which makes it a serious problem for web hosting servers as fails are much more likely to happen on larger in size hard disk drives where substantial volumes of information are located. When a drive is part of a RAID and the info on it is copied on other drives for redundancy, it's very likely that the bad file will be treated as a good one and it'll be duplicated on all the drives, making the damage permanent. A lot of the file systems which operate on web servers today often cannot recognize corrupted files in real time or they need time-consuming system checks through which the server is not working.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Web Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new cloud web hosting account shall be ensured by the ZFS file system which we work with on our cloud platform. Most web hosting service providers, like our firm, use multiple hard disk drives to store content and considering that the drives work in a RAID, identical data is synchronized between the drives at all times. If a file on a drive gets damaged for reasons unknown, however, it is more than likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives as alternative file systems do not have special checks for that. Unlike them, ZFS works with a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every file. In the event that a file gets corrupted, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, therefore the damaged copy shall be replaced with a good one from a different hard drive. Due to the fact that this happens in real time, there's no risk for any of your files to ever be damaged.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

You won't encounter any kind of silent data corruption issues whatsoever if you get one of our semi-dedicated server plans because the ZFS file system that we take advantage of on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums to ensure that all of your files are intact at all times. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint which is given to each and every file stored on a server. Since we store all content on a number of drives simultaneously, the same file has the same checksum on all of the drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives right away. If it detects that a file is corrupted and its checksum is different from what it has to be, it replaces that file with a healthy copy without delay, avoiding any probability of the bad copy to be synchronized on the other hard disks. ZFS is the sole file system you can find that uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems which cannot identify silent data corruption and copy bad files across hard drives.