The process of files being corrupted as a result of some hardware or software failure is called data corruption and this is among the main problems which Internet hosting companies face since the larger a hard drive is and the more information is kept on it, the more likely it is for data to be corrupted. You'll find various fail-safes, yet often the data becomes damaged silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins notice a thing. Thus, a corrupted file will be handled as a standard one and if the hard disk is a part of a RAID, that particular file will be duplicated on all other disk drives. Theoretically, this is for redundancy, but in reality the damage will be worse. Once a file gets corrupted, it will be partly or fully unreadable, which means that a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will present a random combination 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 frequently used server file systems feature various checks, they are likely to fail to find a problem early enough or require a long period of time in order to check all of the files and the web server will not be functional in the meantime.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Website Hosting

In case you host your websites in a website hosting account with our firm, you do not have to worry about any of your data ever getting damaged. We can guarantee that since our cloud hosting platform works with the outstanding ZFS file system. The latter is the only file system which uses checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each file. All of the info that you upload will be stored in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on multiple SSD drives. A lot of file systems synchronize the files between the separate drives with this kind of a setup, but there is no real guarantee that a file won't be corrupted. This could occur during the writing process on each drive and after that a corrupted copy can be copied on the rest of the drives. What makes the difference on our platform is the fact that ZFS analyzes the checksums of all files on all the drives immediately and in case a corrupted file is found, it is substituted with a good copy with the correct checksum from some other drive. In this way, your info will continue to be intact no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

You won't experience any silent data corruption issues should you obtain one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans due to the fact that the ZFS file system that we employ on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums in order to guarantee that all the files are intact at all times. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint which is given to each and every file kept on a server. Because we store all content on a number of drives simultaneously, the same file uses the same checksum on all drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives in real time. In the event that it detects that a file is corrupted and its checksum is different from what it has to be, it replaces that file with a healthy copy without delay, avoiding any probability of the corrupted copy to be synchronized on the remaining hard drives. ZFS is the sole file system out there that uses checksums, which makes it much more dependable than other file systems that cannot identify silent data corruption and copy bad files across drives.