The process of files getting corrupted resulting from some hardware or software failure is known as data corruption and this is among the main problems that web hosting companies face because the larger a hard disk drive is and the more information is filed on it, the much more likely it is for data to get corrupted. You'll find different fail-safes, but often the info is damaged silently, so neither the file system, nor the administrators notice anything. As a result, a damaged file will be treated as a good one and if the hard disk is part of a RAID, that file will be copied on all other drives. Theoretically, this is done for redundancy, but in practice the damage will be worse. When some file gets corrupted, it will be partly or fully unreadable, so a text file will not 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, so you risk losing your website content. Although the most commonly used server file systems include various checks, they are likely to fail to find some problem early enough or require a long time period in order to check all the files and the web server will not be operational for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Website Hosting

In case you host your Internet sites in a website hosting account with our company, you will not need to worry about your data ever getting corrupted. We can guarantee that since our cloud hosting platform employs the advanced ZFS file system. The aforementioned is the only file system that uses checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each and every file. All the info that you upload will be saved in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on multiple SSD drives. Many file systems synchronize the files between the different drives using this kind of a setup, but there is no real warranty that a file will not be corrupted. This may happen during the writing process on any drive and afterwards a damaged copy may be copied on all other drives. What makes the difference on our platform is the fact that ZFS compares the checksums of all files on all drives right away and in the event that a corrupted file is located, it's swapped with a good copy with the correct checksum from another drive. This way, your data will continue to be intact no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be resistant to silent data corruption since all of our storage servers employ the reliable ZFS file system. What makes the latter unique is that it employs checksums, or digital identifiers, so as to ensure the integrity of each file. When you upload content to your account, it'll be placed on a couple of redundant drives working in a RAID i.e. the files shall be the same across all disks. All the copies of a particular file will feature the same checksum on all hard disks and ZFS will compare the checksums of the copies in real time, and if it identifies a mismatch, which will indicate that one of the copies is damaged, it'll swap that file with a good copy from one of the other drives. Even if there is a sudden blackout, the data on the servers won't become corrupted and there won't be any need for a time-consuming system check that other file systems perform following some failure, prolonging the time needed for the server to go back online. ZFS is the sole file system which can really protect your content from silent data corruption.