Data corruption is the accidental transformation of a file or the loss of information which often occurs during reading or writing. The reason could be hardware or software failure, and for that reason, a file could become partially or entirely corrupted, so it'll no longer work correctly as its bits shall be scrambled or lost. An image file, for instance, will no longer present an accurate image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack as its content will be unreadable, etcetera. In the event that such a problem occurs and it is not noticed by the system or by an admin, the data will get corrupted silently and if this happens on a drive that's part of a RAID array where the data is synchronized between various drives, the corrupted file will be reproduced on all other drives and the harm will become long term. A large number of widespread file systems either don't offer real-time checks or do not have high quality ones which can detect a problem before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a rather common matter on web hosting servers where huge volumes of information are kept.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Web Hosting

The integrity of the data that you upload to your new web hosting account will be ensured by the ZFS file system which we take advantage of on our cloud platform. The majority of internet hosting service providers, including our company, use multiple hard disk drives to store content and because the drives work in a RAID, the exact same info is synchronized between the drives all the time. In case a file on a drive becomes damaged for some reason, however, 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 applies a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. In case a file gets damaged, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, which means that the bad copy shall be substituted with a good one from a different disk drive. Because this happens right away, there's no possibility for any of your files to ever be damaged.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you go for one of our semi-dedicated hosting solutions, you will not need to worry about silent data corruption since we use ZFS - a high level file system that monitors all of the files in real time. Each time you upload a file to your account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. The file will be synchronized between a number of SSD drives for redundancy, so if a drive fails, the other ones will take over. ZFS compares the checksum of all the copies on the different drives and if it detects a damaged copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from a different drive. This is done instantly, so there will be no risk for any part of your content at any moment. In comparison, all the other file systems execute checks after a system malfunction, but since they don't use anything similar to the checksums which ZFS uses, they won't detect silently corrupted files, so a bad copy may be replicated on the remaining drives as well and you could lose important info. Because this isn't the case with ZFS, we can guarantee the integrity of each file you upload no matter what.