Data corruption is the unintended transformation of a file or the loss of information which often occurs during reading or writing. The reason could be hardware or software malfunction, and consequently, a file could become partially or entirely corrupted, so it will no longer function as it should because its bits shall be scrambled or lost. An image file, for instance, will no longer display an actual image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack for the reason that its content will be unreadable, and so on. When such an issue occurs and it's not recognized by the system or by an administrator, the data will get corrupted silently and when this happens on a drive that's part of a RAID array where the data is synchronized between different drives, the corrupted file will be reproduced on all the other drives and the harm will be long term. A number of widespread file systems either do not have real-time checks or do not have high quality ones which will detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a rather common problem on internet hosting servers where huge volumes of info are kept.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Shared Website Hosting
The integrity of the data which you upload to your new shared website hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we take advantage of on our cloud platform. The majority of internet hosting service providers, including our firm, use multiple hard drives to keep content and considering that the drives work in a RAID, exactly the same data is synchronized between the drives all of the time. If a file on a drive gets damaged for whatever reason, yet, it's more than likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives as alternative file systems don't include special checks for this. In contrast to them, ZFS employs a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every file. In the event that a file gets damaged, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, so the bad copy shall be substituted with a good one from another hard disk drive. Because this happens in real time, there is no risk for any of your files to ever be damaged.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you buy one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, you won't need to worry about silent data corruption since we use ZFS - a high level file system that monitors all of the files in real time. Whenever you upload a file to your hosting account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. The file will be synced between a number of NVMe drives for redundancy, so if a drive fails, the other ones will take over. ZFS compares the checksum of all copies on the different drives and in case it detects a corrupted copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from a different drive. This happens right away, so there will be no danger for any part of your content at any time. By comparison, alternative file systems execute checks only after a system malfunction, but since they do not use anything similar to the checksums that ZFS uses, they are unable to detect silently corrupted files, so a corrupted copy could be replicated on the other disks as well and you can lose important info. Because this is not the case with ZFS, we guarantee the integrity of every single file you upload no matter what.