The process of files being corrupted because of some hardware or software failure is referred to as data corruption and this is among the main problems which Internet hosting companies face since the larger a hard drive is and the more info is filed on it, the much more likely it is for data to get corrupted. You can find several fail-safes, still often the data is corrupted silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins see a thing. As a result, a bad file will be treated as a standard one and if the hard disk drive is a part of a RAID, that particular file will be duplicated on all other disk drives. In principle, this is for redundancy, but in practice the damage will be worse. The moment a given file gets corrupted, it will be partially or entirely unreadable, therefore a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will present a random combination of colors if it opens at all and an archive will be impossible to unpack, and you risk sacrificing your site content. Although the most well-known server file systems have various checks, they quite often fail to discover a problem early enough or require a long amount of time in order to check all the files and the server will not be operational in the meantime.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new hosting account shall be ensured by the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud platform. Most hosting providers, including our company, use multiple hard drives to store content and because the drives work in a RAID, exactly the same information is synchronized between the drives all of the time. If a file on a drive is damaged for whatever reason, however, it's more than likely that it will be copied on the other drives since other file systems don't have special checks for that. Unlike them, ZFS applies a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every single 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 will be swapped with a good one from another disk drive. As this happens immediately, there's no risk for any of your files to ever be corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be resistant to silent data corruption since all of our storage servers make use of the efficient ZFS file system. What makes the aforementioned unique is that it employs checksums, or digital identifiers, to guarantee the integrity of each and every file. When you upload content to your account, it'll be kept on several redundant drives working in a RAID i.e. the files will be the same on all disks. All of the copies of a particular file will have the same checksum on all hard disks and ZFS will compare the checksums of the copies right away, and if it identifies a mismatch, which will indicate that one of the copies is damaged, it will replace that file with a healthy copy from one of the other disks. Even if there is an unforeseen power loss, the data on the servers won't get corrupted and there will not be any need for a time-consuming system check that other file systems perform after some failure, lengthening the time needed for the server to go back online. ZFS is the file system that can truly protect your content from silent data corruption.