Data corruption is the unintentional transformation of a file or the losing of information that often occurs during reading or writing. The reason can be hardware or software malfunction, and for that reason, a file could become partially or fully corrupted, so it will no longer function as it should because its bits shall be scrambled or lost. An image file, for example, will no longer display a real image, but a random mix of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack because its content will be unreadable, and so on. When such a problem appears and it's not recognized by the system or by an administrator, the data will be corrupted silently and if this happens on a drive which is part of a RAID array where the information is synced between different drives, the corrupted file will be replicated on all the other drives and the damage will be long term. A large number of frequently used file systems either do not have real-time checks or do not have good ones that can detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a very common problem on web hosting servers where large volumes of information are stored.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Web Hosting

If you host your Internet sites in a cloud web hosting account with our company, you won't have to worry about your data ever getting corrupted. We can ensure that since our cloud hosting platform works with the advanced ZFS file system. The aforementioned is the only file system that works with checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for every single file. All data that you upload will be stored in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on multiple SSDs. All of the file systems synchronize the files between the separate drives with such a setup, but there's no real warranty that a file will not be corrupted. This may happen throughout the writing process on each drive and afterwards a damaged copy may be copied on the other drives. What makes the difference on our platform is the fact that ZFS examines the checksums of all files on all of the drives right away and in case a corrupted file is found, it is substituted with a good copy with the correct checksum from another drive. This way, your info will remain unharmed no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

You will not need to deal with any silent data corruption issues if you obtain one of our semi-dedicated server plans due to the fact that the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums in order to ensure that all files are undamaged at all times. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint that is assigned to each and every file saved on a server. As we store all content on multiple drives at the same time, the same file has the same checksum on all drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives right away. When 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 right away, avoiding any probability of the bad copy to be synchronized on the rest of the hard disks. ZFS is the only file system you can get which uses checksums, which makes it much more reliable than other file systems which cannot identify silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across drives.