The process of files being corrupted because of some hardware or software failure is referred to as data corruption and this is one of the main problems that Internet hosting companies face because the larger a hard disk is and the more info is stored on it, the more likely it is for data to become corrupted. You can find various fail-safes, but often the data becomes corrupted silently, so neither the particular file system, nor the administrators detect anything. Because of this, a bad file will be handled as a regular one and if the HDD is a part of a RAID, that particular file will be duplicated on all other drives. In principle, this is done for redundancy, but in reality the damage will be worse. When a given file gets corrupted, it will be partially or completely unreadable, so a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will present a random blend of colors in case it opens at all and an archive will be impossible to unpack, so you risk sacrificing your website content. Although the most well-known server file systems have various checks, they frequently fail to find a problem early enough or require a vast amount of time in order to check all files and the web hosting server will not be functional in the meantime.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Website Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new website hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we work with on our cloud platform. Most of the internet hosting providers, including our company, use multiple HDDs to keep content and considering that the drives work in a RAID, identical information is synchronized between the drives all of the time. In case a file on a drive gets corrupted for reasons unknown, however, it's more than likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives as other file systems don't feature special checks for that. Unlike them, ZFS uses a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. In the event that a file gets damaged, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, therefore the damaged copy shall be substituted with a good one from a different hard disk. Since this happens immediately, there is no risk for any of your files to ever get corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be resistant to silent data corruption as all our storage servers work with the reliable ZFS file system. What makes the latter unique is that it employs checksums, or digital identifiers, to ensure the integrity of each file. When you upload content to your account, it will be kept on a couple of redundant drives being employed in a RAID i.e. the files shall be the same on all disk drives. All the copies of a given file will have the same checksum on all drives and ZFS will compare the checksums of the duplicates in real time, and if it discovers a mismatch, which would indicate that one of the copies is corrupted, it'll replace that file with a good copy from one of the other drives. Even if there is an unforeseen power loss, the data on the servers won't get corrupted and there will not be any need for a time-consuming system check which other file systems perform following some breakdown, extending the time needed for the server to go back online. ZFS is the file system which can really protect your content from silent data corruption.