Data corruption is the unintended modification of a file or the loss of info that usually occurs during reading or writing. The reason may be hardware or software failure, and as a consequence, a file could become partially or entirely corrupted, so it'll no longer work properly since its bits shall be scrambled or lost. An image file, for example, will no longer display an authentic image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack for the reason that its content will be unreadable, and so on. In the event that this kind of an issue occurs and it's not identified by the system or by an admin, the data will be corrupted silently and in case this happens on a disk drive that's a part of a RAID array where the data is synced between various drives, the corrupted file shall be duplicated on all other drives and the harm will become long term. A large number of widely used file systems either do not have real-time checks or don't have good ones which will detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a very common matter on hosting servers where large amounts of info are stored.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Hosting

The integrity of the data that you upload to your new cloud hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we use on our cloud platform. Most internet hosting providers, like our firm, use multiple hard disks to store content and since the drives work in a RAID, the exact same info is synchronized between the drives all the time. If a file on a drive becomes damaged for some reason, however, it is very likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives since other file systems don't include special checks for this. Unlike them, ZFS applies a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. In the event that a file gets corrupted, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, so the damaged copy shall be substituted with a good one from a different hard disk. Because this happens instantly, there is no risk for any of your files to ever be corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you get one of our semi-dedicated hosting solutions, you won't have to worry about silent data corruption because we use ZFS - a high level file system that keeps track of all files in real time. Whenever you upload a file to your website hosting account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. This file will be synchronized between several SSD drives for redundancy, so if one drive fails, the other ones will take over. ZFS compares the checksum of all copies on the different drives and if it detects a damaged copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from another drive. This is done in real time, so there will be no danger for any part of your content at any time. In comparison, all of the other file systems perform checks after a system malfunction, but since they do not use anything similar to the checksums that ZFS uses, they won't detect silently corrupted files, so a bad copy may be replicated on the remaining disks as well and you could lose crucial information. Since this is not the case with ZFS, we are able to warrant the integrity of every single file you upload no matter what.