Data corruption is the accidental transformation of a file or the loss of info that usually occurs during reading or writing. The reason could be hardware or software failure, and as a consequence, a file may become partially or entirely corrupted, so it will no longer function properly because its bits shall be scrambled or lost. An image file, for example, will no longer display a real image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack because its content will be unreadable, etc. When this kind of an issue appears and it's not recognized by the system or by an admin, the data will get corrupted silently and in case this happens on a drive that's part of a RAID array where the info is synchronized between various drives, the corrupted file shall be replicated on all of the other drives and the damage will become long term. Numerous commonly used file systems either don't have real-time checks or do not have good ones which will detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a rather common issue on hosting servers where huge volumes of info are kept.

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 which we work with on our cloud platform. The majority of hosting providers, including our firm, use multiple hard disk drives to store content and because the drives work in a RAID, identical info is synchronized between the drives all of the time. If a file on a drive gets damaged for whatever reason, however, it's likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives because other file systems don't have special checks for that. In contrast to them, ZFS employs a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. In the event that a file gets damaged, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, so the bad copy will be replaced with a good one from a different hard disk. Since this happens immediately, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever be damaged.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be resistant to silent data corruption as all of our storage servers employ the innovative ZFS file system. What makes the aforementioned unique is that it uses checksums, or digital identifiers, in order to verify the integrity of each and every file. When you upload content to your account, it will be stored on a couple of redundant drives being employed in a RAID i.e. the files will be the same on all drives. All copies of a specific file will feature the same checksum on all hard drives and ZFS will compare the checksums of the duplicates right away, so if it identifies a mismatch, which will indicate that one of the copies is corrupted, it'll replace that file with a healthy copy from one of the other drives. Even if there is an unexpected blackout, the data on the servers won't get corrupted and there will not be any need for a time-consuming system check which other file systems perform following some malfunction, extending the time needed for the server to get back online. ZFS is the only file system that can really protect your content from silent data corruption.