Data corruption is the unintended transformation of a file or the losing of info that often occurs during reading or writing. The reason can be hardware or software failure, and due to this fact, a file could become partially or entirely corrupted, so it'll no longer work properly as its bits will be scrambled or lacking. An image file, for example, will no longer present a true image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack since its content will be unreadable, and so on. When this kind of a problem occurs and it isn't recognized by the system or by an admin, the data will become corrupted silently and in case this happens on a disk drive which is a part of a RAID array where the data is synced between various different drives, the corrupted file will be reproduced on all the other drives and the harm will become permanent. A large number of frequently used file systems either do not have real-time checks or do not have high quality ones which will detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a very common issue on internet hosting servers where large volumes of info are kept.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Web Hosting
The integrity of the data that you upload to your new cloud web hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system that we employ on our cloud platform. Most internet hosting providers, including our firm, use multiple hard drives to keep content and because the drives work in a RAID, the same information is synchronized between the drives all the time. If a file on a drive is damaged for whatever reason, yet, it's very likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives since alternative file systems don't include special checks for that. In contrast to them, ZFS uses a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every single file. In case a file gets damaged, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, which means that the damaged copy shall be replaced with a good one from a different hard disk drive. As this happens instantly, there is no risk for any of your files to ever get damaged.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you buy one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, you will not need to be concerned about silent data corruption as we use ZFS - a high level file system which keeps track of all of the files in real time. Whenever you upload a file to your web hosting account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. This file will be synchronized between multiple SSD drives for redundancy, so if one drive fails, the other ones will take control. ZFS compares the checksum of all of the copies on the different drives and if it detects a damaged copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from another drive. This happens immediately, so there will be no threat for any part of your content at any moment. By comparison, alternative file systems carry out checks after a system malfunction, but since they don't use anything similar to the checksums which ZFS uses, they can't detect silently corrupted files, so a corrupted copy can be replicated on the rest of the disks as well and you may lose precious information. As this isn't the case with ZFS, we can warrant the integrity of each and every file you upload no matter what.