The process of files being corrupted caused by some hardware or software failure is known as data corruption and this is one of the main problems which Internet hosting companies face since the larger a hard disk drive is and the more data is placed on it, the more likely it is for data to become corrupted. You'll find different fail-safes, but often the information gets corrupted silently, so neither the particular file system, nor the administrators detect anything. Because of this, a bad file will be treated as a standard one and if the hard disk is a part of a RAID, the file will be duplicated on all other disk drives. In theory, this is done for redundancy, but in reality the damage will be even worse. When a given file gets corrupted, it will be partly or entirely unreadable, so a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will display a random blend of colors if it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, and you risk sacrificing your content. Although the most well-known server file systems include various checks, they frequently fail to detect some problem early enough or require a long amount of time in order to check all of the files and the hosting server will not be operational for the time being.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Website Hosting
The integrity of the data that you upload to your new website hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system that we employ on our cloud platform. The majority of hosting suppliers, including our company, use multiple hard disk drives to store content and because the drives work in a RAID, identical data is synchronized between the drives all of the time. If a file on a drive gets damaged for some reason, yet, it is very likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives because other file systems do not include special checks for this. Unlike them, ZFS employs a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. If a file gets corrupted, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, therefore the bad copy shall be swapped with a good one from a different hard disk drive. Due to the fact that this happens in real time, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever get corrupted.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you acquire one of our semi-dedicated hosting packages, you won't need to be concerned about silent file corruption as we use ZFS - a high level file system which monitors all of the files in real time. Each time you upload a file to your hosting account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. That file will be synced between a couple of 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 when it detects a corrupted copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from another drive. This is done in real time, so there will be no threat for any part of your content at any time. By comparison, other file systems carry out checks after a system malfunction, but since they don't use anything similar to the checksums that ZFS uses, they cannot detect silently corrupted files, so a bad copy may be replicated on the other drives as well and you may lose precious info. Because this isn't the case with ZFS, we are able to warrant the integrity of each file you upload no matter what.