The process of files getting corrupted 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 disk drive is and the more info is kept on it, the more likely it is for data to be corrupted. There're different fail-safes, but often the information gets corrupted silently, so neither the particular file system, nor the administrators see a thing. Because of this, a corrupted file will be treated as a regular one and if the hard disk is part of a RAID, that particular file will be copied on all other disk drives. In principle, this is for redundancy, but in practice the damage will be worse. Once some file gets corrupted, it will be partly or fully unreadable, therefore a text file will not be readable, an image file will present a random combination of colors if it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, so you risk losing your website content. Although the most widespread server file systems include various checks, they quite often fail to find some problem early enough or require an extensive amount of time to be able to check all the files and the web server will not be functional in the meantime.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Shared Hosting

If you host your sites in a shared hosting account from our company, you won't need to worry about your data ever getting damaged. We can guarantee that since our cloud hosting platform employs the advanced ZFS file system. The latter is the only file system which works with checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for every single file. All the info that you upload will be stored in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on multiple SSD drives. A lot of file systems synchronize the files between the separate drives with this type of a setup, but there is no real warranty that a file will not get corrupted. This may happen throughout the writing process on each drive and then a corrupted copy may be copied on the other drives. What makes the difference on our platform is the fact that ZFS compares the checksums of all files on all the drives live and in the event that a corrupted file is located, it is substituted with a good copy with the correct checksum from another drive. That way, your information will stay intact no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

You will not need to deal with any kind of silent data corruption issues in case you buy one of our semi-dedicated server packages due to the fact that the ZFS file system that we use on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums in order to ensure that all of your files are undamaged at all times. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint which is given to each and every file saved on a server. Due to the fact that we store all content on multiple 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 right away, avoiding any possibility of the bad copy to be synchronized on the rest of the drives. ZFS is the only file system available on the market that uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems that cannot identify silent data corruption and copy bad files across hard drives.