The process of files being corrupted resulting from some hardware or software failure is referred to as data corruption and this is among the main problems that hosting companies face because the larger a hard drive is and the more data is filed on it, the much more likely it is for data to get corrupted. You will find different fail-safes, but often the information is corrupted silently, so neither the file system, nor the administrators detect anything. Because of this, a bad file will be handled as a regular one and if the hard drive is part of a RAID, that file will be duplicated on all other disk drives. In principle, this is for redundancy, but in reality the damage will be even worse. When a file gets corrupted, it will be partly or fully unreadable, so a text file will not be readable, an image file will display a random blend of colors in case it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, and you risk sacrificing your site content. Although the most widely used server file systems feature various checks, they are likely to fail to identify a problem early enough or require a vast amount of time in order to check all files and the server will not be operational for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Shared Website Hosting

In case you host your Internet sites in a shared website hosting account with our company, you do not need to worry about your data ever getting corrupted. We can ensure that since our cloud hosting platform employs the revolutionary ZFS file system. The latter is the only file system which uses checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each and every file. Any kind of information that you upload will be stored in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on multiple SSDs. All the file systems synchronize the files between the different drives with this kind of a setup, but there is no real warranty that a file will not get corrupted. This can happen at the time of the writing process on each drive and after that a damaged copy can be copied on all other drives. What is different on our platform is the fact that ZFS compares the checksums of all files on all of the drives in real time and if a corrupted file is found, it is swapped with a good copy with the correct checksum from some other drive. This way, your info will continue to be undamaged no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you buy one of our semi-dedicated server solutions, you will not have to worry about silent data corruption since we use ZFS - an advanced file system that keeps track of all the files in real time. Whenever you upload a file to your account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. That file will be synced between multiple SSD drives for redundancy, so if one drive fails, the other ones will take over. ZFS compares the checksum of all of the copies on the different drives and if it detects a corrupted copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from a different drive. This happens instantly, so there will be no risk for any part of your content at any time. In contrast, all the other file systems carry out checks only after a system failure, but since they do not use anything similar to the checksums that ZFS uses, they are unable to detect silently corrupted files, so a corrupted copy may be replicated on the remaining disks as well and you can lose important info. Because this isn't the case with ZFS, we're able to guarantee the integrity of each file you upload no matter what.