Data corruption is the damage of info because of various software or hardware problems. The moment a file gets damaged, it will no longer work accurately, so an application will not start or shall give errors, a text file could be partially or fully unreadable, an archive will be impossible to open then unpack, etc. Silent data corruption is the process of data getting damaged without any identification by the system or an administrator, which makes it a serious problem for hosting servers as problems are much more likely to happen on bigger hard disk drives where considerable volumes of information are kept. When a drive is part of a RAID and the data on it is replicated on other drives for redundancy, it's more than likely that the bad file will be treated as a good one and will be copied on all the drives, making the damage permanent. A huge number of the file systems which operate on web servers these days often are unable to detect corrupted files immediately or they need time-consuming system checks during which the server isn't working.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Web Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new cloud web hosting account will be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we make use of on our cloud platform. The majority of hosting service providers, including our company, use multiple hard disk drives to store content and since the drives work in a RAID, the exact same data is synchronized between the drives all the time. When a file on a drive becomes damaged for reasons unknown, yet, it is likely that it will be copied on the other drives because alternative file systems don't feature special checks for that. In contrast to them, ZFS employs a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each file. If a file gets damaged, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, and the bad copy will be swapped with a good one from a different hard drive. Since this happens instantly, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever get corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

You will not encounter any kind of silent data corruption issues whatsoever in case you acquire one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans due to the fact that the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums to make sure that all the files are intact at all times. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint that is allotted to each and every file stored on a server. As we store all content on multiple 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 right away. If it detects that a file is corrupted and its checksum is different from what it should be, it replaces that file with a healthy copy without delay, avoiding any possibility of the damaged copy to be synchronized on the remaining hard disks. ZFS is the sole file system you can find which uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems that are not able to identify silent data corruption and copy bad files across drives.