Data corruption is the unintentional change of a file or the loss of information which usually occurs during reading or writing. The reason could be hardware or software failure, and as a result, a file could become partially or completely corrupted, so it'll no longer work properly as its bits shall be scrambled or lacking. 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 since its content will be unreadable, etcetera. In the event that this kind of an issue occurs and it isn't found by the system or by an administrator, the data will be corrupted silently and in case this happens on a drive that is part of a RAID array where the information is synchronized between various different drives, the corrupted file shall be replicated on all of the other drives and the harm will be long term. Many popular file systems either don't feature real-time checks or do not have high quality ones that will detect a problem before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a rather common issue on web hosting servers where large amounts of info are stored.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new hosting account will be guaranteed by the ZFS file system that we employ on our cloud platform. The vast majority of hosting suppliers, including our company, use multiple hard disks to keep content and because the drives work in a RAID, the same information is synchronized between the drives all of the time. If a file on a drive gets damaged for whatever reason, however, it's more than likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives because alternative file systems don't have special checks for this. In contrast to them, ZFS uses a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. If a file gets corrupted, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, which means that the damaged copy shall be substituted with a good one from a different disk drive. As this happens immediately, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever get corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

You will not encounter any kind of silent data corruption issues if you obtain one of our semi-dedicated server packages because the ZFS file system that we employ on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums in order to ensure that all of the files are undamaged all the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint that is allotted to each and every file kept on a server. Due to the fact that we store all content on multiple drives simultaneously, the same file has the same checksum on all drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives in real time. When 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 probability of the damaged copy to be synchronized on the other drives. ZFS is the sole file system you can get that uses checksums, which makes it much more reliable than other file systems which are unable to detect silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across drives.