The process of files being damaged resulting from some hardware or software failure is called data corruption and this is among the main problems that Internet hosting companies face since the larger a hard drive is and the more info is placed on it, the more likely it is for data to be corrupted. There're different fail-safes, still often the information becomes damaged silently, so neither the particular file system, nor the admins see anything. As a result, a corrupted file will be handled as a standard one and if the HDD is part of a RAID, that file will be duplicated on all other disk drives. In principle, this is done for redundancy, but in practice the damage will get worse. Once a given file gets corrupted, it will be partly or fully unreadable, which means that a text file will not be readable, an image file will show a random mix of colors if it opens at all and an archive will be impossible to unpack, so you risk losing your site content. Although the most widely used server file systems include various checks, they quite often fail to identify a problem early enough or require an extensive amount of time in order to check all the files and the hosting server will not be operational in the meantime.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Website Hosting

If you host your sites in a website hosting account with our company, you don't have to worry about your data ever getting corrupted. We can ensure that as our cloud hosting platform employs the state-of-the-art ZFS file system. The latter is the only file system which works with checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for every single file. All info that you upload will be kept in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on many SSDs. Many file systems synchronize the files between the separate drives with such a setup, but there is no real guarantee that a file won't get corrupted. This can happen throughout the writing process on each drive and afterwards a corrupted copy can be copied on the rest of the drives. What is different on our platform is that ZFS examines the checksums of all files on all the drives immediately and if a corrupted file is found, it's replaced with a good copy with the correct checksum from some other drive. That way, your data will stay unharmed no matter what, even if an entire drive fails.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Your semi-dedicated hosting account will be protected against silent data corruption since all our storage servers make use of the reliable ZFS file system. What makes the latter unique is that it employs checksums, or digital identifiers, so as to verify the integrity of each file. When you upload content to your account, it'll be kept on a couple of redundant drives employed in a RAID i.e. the files will be the same on all disks. All the copies of a specific file will have the same checksum on all hard disks and ZFS will compare the checksums of the copies quickly, and if it registers a mismatch, which will indicate that one of the copies is corrupted, it'll replace that file with a good copy from one of the other drives. Even if there's an unexpected power failure, the data on the servers won't become corrupted and there will not be any need for a time-consuming system check that other file systems perform after some breakdown, lengthening the time needed for the server to go back online. ZFS is the only file system which can truly protect your content from silent data corruption.