Data corruption is the accidental transformation of a file or the loss of info that usually occurs during reading or writing. The reason may be hardware or software malfunction, and for that reason, a file may become partially or completely corrupted, so it will no longer function correctly because its bits shall be scrambled or missing. An image file, for instance, will no longer show a true image, but a random mix of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack because its content will be unreadable, etcetera. In case such an issue appears and it isn't found by the system or by an administrator, the data will be corrupted silently and in case this happens on a drive that's part of a RAID array where the information is synchronized between various different drives, the corrupted file shall be duplicated on all the other drives and the damage will be long term. A large number of widely used file systems either do not feature real-time checks or don't have good ones that can detect a problem before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a rather common matter on hosting servers where substantial volumes of info are stored.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Website Hosting

The integrity of the data that you upload to your new cloud website hosting account will be ensured by the ZFS file system that we make use of on our cloud platform. The majority of web hosting providers, including our firm, use multiple hard drives to store content and considering that the drives work in a RAID, identical info is synchronized between the drives all the time. If a file on a drive becomes corrupted for whatever reason, however, it's likely that it will be copied on the other drives as alternative file systems don't have special checks for this. Unlike them, ZFS works with a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. In case a file gets corrupted, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, which means that the damaged copy shall be swapped with a good one from another hard disk. Due to the fact that this happens in real time, there's no possibility for any of your files to ever get damaged.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

You will not experience any kind of silent data corruption issues whatsoever in case you buy one of our semi-dedicated server solutions as the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums to ensure that all the files are intact all of the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint which is assigned to each and every file saved on a server. Since we store all content on a number of drives simultaneously, the same file uses the same checksum on all of the drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives in real time. 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 right away, avoiding any chance of the bad copy to be synchronized on the rest of the hard drives. ZFS is the only file system you can find which uses checksums, which makes it much more reliable than other file systems that cannot identify silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across hard drives.