Data corruption is the accidental change of a file or the loss of info which often occurs during reading or writing. The reason could be hardware or software malfunction, and as a result, a file could become partially or fully corrupted, so it will no longer function correctly because its bits will be scrambled or missing. An image file, for example, will no longer present an authentic image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack because its content will be unreadable, etcetera. In case such a problem appears and it is not found by the system or by an admin, the data will get corrupted silently and in case this happens on a disk drive that's part of a RAID array where the info is synchronized between different drives, the corrupted file will be reproduced on all other drives and the damage will become long term. Many frequently used file systems either do not offer real-time checks or don't have high quality ones which will detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a very common issue on hosting servers where huge amounts of data are stored.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Shared Hosting
The integrity of the data which you upload to your new shared hosting
account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud platform. The majority of web hosting providers, like our company, use multiple hard drives to keep content and because the drives work in a RAID, the same information is synchronized between the drives at all times. In case a file on a drive is damaged for some reason, yet, it's more than likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives because alternative file systems don't feature special checks for this. In contrast to them, ZFS works with a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. In the event that a file gets corrupted, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, so the damaged copy shall be substituted with a good one from a different disk drive. As this happens instantly, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever be damaged.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you obtain one of our semi-dedicated server
plans, you will not need to worry about silent data corruption as we use ZFS - an advanced file system that monitors all files in real time. Every time you upload a file to your website hosting account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. That file will be synced between multiple SSD drives for redundancy, so if a drive fails, the other ones will take control. ZFS compares the checksum of all of the copies on the different drives and when it detects a damaged copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from a different drive. This is done in real time, so there will be no danger for any part of your content at any time. In contrast, all of the other file systems perform checks only after a system malfunction, but since they don't use anything similar to the checksums that ZFS uses, they can't detect silently corrupted files, so a bad copy could be replicated on the other drives as well and you could lose crucial data. As this isn't the case with ZFS, we warrant the integrity of each file you upload no matter what.