Data corruption is the damage of information caused by various software or hardware problems. After a file gets damaged, it will no longer work accurately, so an application will not start or shall give errors, a text file shall be partially or completely unreadable, an archive file will be impossible to open and unpack, etc. Silent data corruption is the process of info getting damaged without any identification by the system or an admin, that makes it a serious problem for website hosting servers as problems are very likely to occur on larger hard disks where considerable volumes of info are stored. When a drive is part of a RAID and the information on it is duplicated on other drives for redundancy, it is likely that the bad file will be treated as a healthy one and it'll be duplicated on all of the drives, making the harm permanent. A huge number of the file systems that operate on web servers today often are not able to detect corrupted files instantly or they need time-consuming system checks through which the server is not operational.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Website Hosting
The integrity of the data that you upload to your new website hosting account will be ensured by the ZFS file system that we take advantage of on our cloud platform. Most hosting service providers, including our company, use multiple hard drives to store content and since the drives work in a RAID, exactly the same info is synchronized between the drives at all times. When a file on a drive is corrupted for some reason, however, it's likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives since other file systems do not include special checks for this. Unlike them, ZFS uses a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each file. In the event that a file gets damaged, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, therefore the bad copy will be swapped with a good one from another hard drive. Since this happens instantly, there is no possibility for any of your files to ever get damaged.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting
You will not have to deal with any silent data corruption issues in case you obtain one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans as the ZFS file system that we use on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums to ensure that all files are undamaged all of the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint which is assigned to each and every file stored on a server. Because we store all content on multiple drives simultaneously, the same file has the same checksum on all the drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives in real time. In the event that it detects that a file is corrupted and its checksum is different from what it has to be, it replaces that file with a healthy copy right away, avoiding any chance of the damaged copy to be synchronized on the other hard disks. ZFS is the only file system you can get that uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems that are unable to identify silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across hard drives.