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 as the larger a hard disk is and the more information is filed on it, the much more likely it is for data to get corrupted. There are a couple of fail-safes, still often the info becomes damaged silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins detect a thing. As a result, a corrupted file will be treated as a good one and if the hard drive is a part of a RAID, the file will be copied on all other disk drives. In principle, this is for redundancy, but in practice the damage will get worse. Once a file gets corrupted, it will be partially or fully unreadable, therefore a text file will not be readable, an image file will display 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 feature various checks, they often fail to discover some problem early enough or require a vast period of time to be able to check all of the files and the hosting server will not be functional for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new cloud hosting account will be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we take advantage of on our cloud platform. The vast majority of web hosting service providers, including our company, use multiple hard disks to store content and since the drives work in a RAID, the same data is synchronized between the drives at all times. When a file on a drive becomes corrupted for reasons unknown, yet, it is more than likely that it will be copied on the other drives since other file systems don't have special checks for this. In contrast to them, ZFS applies a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every single 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 swapped with a good one from a different drive. Since this happens in real time, there is no risk for any of your files to ever be damaged.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you get one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, you will not have to worry about silent data corruption because we use ZFS - a high level file system that keeps track of all files in real time. Every time you upload a file to your account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. That file will be synced between a number of SSD drives for redundancy, so if a drive fails, the other ones will take control. ZFS compares the checksum of all the copies on the different drives and when it detects a corrupted copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from another drive. This is done in real time, so there will be no threat for any part of your content at any time. By comparison, other file systems execute checks 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 can be replicated on the other drives as well and you may lose crucial data. Because this isn't the case with ZFS, we're able to guarantee the integrity of each and every file you upload no matter what.