The process of files being corrupted owing to some hardware or software failure is referred to as data corruption and this is one of the main problems which web hosting companies face as the larger a hard drive is and the more information is placed on it, the more likely it is for data to be corrupted. You will find a couple of fail-safes, still often the data is damaged silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins notice a thing. Thus, a bad file will be treated as a regular one and if the HDD is a part of a RAID, that file will be copied on all other disk drives. In principle, this is for redundancy, but in practice the damage will get even worse. The moment some file gets corrupted, it will be partly or fully unreadable, so a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will show a random mix of colors in case it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, so you risk losing your website content. Although the most frequently used server file systems feature various checks, they frequently fail to identify some problem early enough or require a long period of time to check all of the files and the server will not be functional for the time being.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Website Hosting
The integrity of the data which you upload to your new website hosting account will be guaranteed by the ZFS file system that we make use of on our cloud platform. The majority of internet hosting service providers, including our firm, use multiple hard disks to store content and because the drives work in a RAID, the exact same information is synchronized between the drives all of the time. When a file on a drive is corrupted for whatever reason, however, it is likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives as alternative file systems don't offer special checks for that. Unlike them, ZFS applies a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every single file. In case a file gets damaged, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, therefore the bad copy will be swapped with a good one from another drive. Since this happens right away, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever get corrupted.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers
You won't experience any silent data corruption issues should you purchase one of our semi-dedicated server plans as the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums to guarantee that all files are intact at all times. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint that is allotted to each and every file saved on a server. As we store all content on multiple drives simultaneously, the same file has the same checksum on all of the 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 chance of the damaged copy to be synchronized on the other hard drives. ZFS is the sole file system available on the market which uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems which are not able to detect silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across hard drives.