The process of files being corrupted resulting from some hardware or software failure is referred to as data corruption and this is one of the main problems that hosting companies face since the larger a hard disk is and the more information is placed on it, the much more likely it is for data to be corrupted. There are a couple of fail-safes, yet often the data gets corrupted silently, so neither the particular file system, nor the admins notice a thing. Because of this, a bad file will be handled as a standard one and if the hard disk is a part of a RAID, that particular file will be copied on all other drives. In theory, this is done for redundancy, but in reality the damage will get even worse. When a file gets corrupted, it will be partially or completely unreadable, which means that a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will show a random mix of colors in case it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, and you risk sacrificing your content. Although the most frequently used server file systems include various checks, they often fail to detect a problem early enough or require an extensive period of time to be able to check all files and the web hosting server will not be operational for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Hosting

The integrity of the data that you upload to your new cloud hosting account will be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we employ on our cloud platform. Most of the hosting providers, like our company, use multiple HDDs to keep content and because the drives work in a RAID, the same info is synchronized between the drives all the time. When a file on a drive gets corrupted for reasons unknown, however, it is very likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives because other file systems do not have special checks for this. In contrast to them, ZFS works with a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every single file. In the event that a file gets corrupted, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, and the damaged copy will be substituted with a good one from a different hard disk drive. As this happens immediately, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever get 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 file corruption because we use ZFS - a high level file system that monitors all files in real time. Whenever you upload a file to your account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. This file will be synced between a number of SSD drives for redundancy, so if one 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 corrupted copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from a different drive. This is done instantly, so there will be no danger for any part of your content at any time. By comparison, all the other file systems execute checks after a system malfunction, but since they don't use anything similar to the checksums which ZFS uses, they will not detect silently corrupted files, so a bad copy may be replicated on the other disks as well and you can lose important info. As this is not the case with ZFS, we warrant the integrity of each and every file you upload no matter what.