Data corruption is the damage of data caused by various hardware or software fails. After a file gets corrupted, it will no longer function as it should, so an app will not start or shall give errors, a text file could be partially or entirely unreadable, an archive will be impossible to open and then unpack, etc. Silent data corruption is the process of info getting harmed without any acknowledgement by the system or an administrator, that makes it a significant problem for web hosting servers as problems are much more likely to occur on larger in size hard drives where vast volumes of information are located. If a drive is part of a RAID and the info on it is duplicated on other drives for redundancy, it is more than likely that the bad file will be treated as a good one and it will be duplicated on all the drives, making the harm permanent. Lots of the file systems that run on web servers these days often are not able to find corrupted files instantly or they need time-consuming system checks through which the server isn't working.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Shared Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new shared hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we use on our cloud platform. Most of the web hosting service providers, like our company, use multiple hard disk drives to store content and since the drives work in a RAID, the same data is synchronized between the drives all of the time. If a file on a drive is damaged for reasons unknown, yet, it is very likely that it will be copied on the other drives as other file systems don't have special checks for this. Unlike them, ZFS applies a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every file. If a file gets damaged, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, therefore the bad copy shall be swapped with a good one from a different hard disk drive. Because this happens immediately, there's no risk for any of your files to ever be corrupted.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting

We have avoided any possibility of files getting corrupted silently due to the fact that the servers where your semi-dedicated hosting account will be created use a powerful file system known as ZFS. Its basic advantage over alternative file systems is that it uses a unique checksum for each file - a digital fingerprint that is checked in real time. Since we keep all content on a number of SSD drives, ZFS checks if the fingerprint of a file on one drive corresponds to the one on the rest of the drives and the one it has stored. When there's a mismatch, the corrupted copy is replaced with a healthy one from one of the other drives and considering that this happens in real time, there is no chance that a corrupted copy could remain on our website hosting servers or that it could be duplicated to the other drives in the RAID. None of the other file systems include such checks and in addition, even during a file system check right after an unexpected power loss, none of them can detect silently corrupted files. In contrast, ZFS will not crash after a power failure and the regular checksum monitoring makes a time-consuming file system check obsolete.