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 which hosting companies face as the larger a hard drive is and the more data is stored on it, the much more likely it is for data to become corrupted. You will find various fail-safes, but often the information gets corrupted silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins detect anything. Because of this, a bad file will be handled as a good one and if the hard disk is a part of a RAID, the file will be duplicated on all other drives. In theory, this is for redundancy, but in practice the damage will get worse. The moment a given file gets corrupted, it will be partially or fully unreadable, therefore a text file will not be readable, an image file will present a random blend of colors in case it opens at all and an archive will be impossible to unpack, and you risk losing your website content. Although the most well-known server file systems include various checks, they often fail to identify some problem early enough or require an extensive time period in order to check all of the files and the web hosting server will not be operational for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a cloud hosting account with our company, you won't have to worry about any of your data ever getting damaged. We can ensure that due to the fact that our cloud hosting platform works with the advanced ZFS file system. The latter is the only file system that works with checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each and every file. Any info that you upload will be saved in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on a number of SSDs. All file systems synchronize the files between the separate drives using this kind of a setup, but there is no real warranty that a file won't get corrupted. This can happen at the time of the writing process on each drive and then a bad copy may be copied on all other drives. What makes the difference on our platform is the fact that ZFS analyzes the checksums of all files on all of the drives immediately and if a corrupted file is identified, it is substituted with a good copy with the correct checksum from some other drive. In this way, your data will continue to be undamaged no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you get one of our semi-dedicated server solutions, you will not need to be concerned about silent file corruption because we use ZFS - a high level file system which checks all the files in real time. Every 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 synchronized between a couple of SSD drives for redundancy, so if one drive fails, the other ones will take over. ZFS compares the checksum of all the copies on the different drives and when it detects a damaged copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from another drive. This happens immediately, so there will be no threat for any part of your content at any time. In contrast, other file systems execute checks after a system breakdown, but since they don't use anything similar to the checksums which ZFS uses, they will not detect silently corrupted files, so a corrupted copy may be replicated on the remaining drives as well and you could lose important information. As this is not the case with ZFS, we're able to guarantee the integrity of every single file you upload no matter what.