Data corruption is the unintended modification of a file or the losing of information which often occurs during reading or writing. The reason may be hardware or software fail, and because of this, a file could become partially or fully corrupted, so it'll no longer function properly as its bits will be scrambled or lost. An image file, for instance, will no longer present a real image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack for the reason that its content will be unreadable, and so on. If this kind of an issue appears and it's not found by the system or by an admin, the data will become corrupted silently and if this happens on a drive which is part of a RAID array where the information is synchronized between various different drives, the corrupted file will be copied on all the other drives and the harm will become long term. A number of popular file systems either do not offer real-time checks or do not have good ones that will detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a common matter on web hosting servers where huge volumes of info are stored.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Website Hosting
The integrity of the data which you upload to your new website hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we make use of on our cloud platform. Most of the hosting providers, like our company, use multiple hard drives to keep content and because the drives work in a RAID, the exact same information is synchronized between the drives at all times. In case a file on a drive gets damaged for some reason, yet, it is likely that it will be copied on the other drives since alternative file systems do not feature special checks for that. In contrast to them, ZFS uses a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each file. In case a file gets damaged, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, which means that the bad copy shall be replaced with a good one from a different disk drive. Due to the fact that this happens immediately, there is no risk for any of your files to ever get damaged.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers
You won't have to deal with any kind of silent data corruption issues whatsoever in case you get one of our semi-dedicated server plans because the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums in order to make sure that all files are intact all of the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint which is given to each and every file saved on a server. Due to the fact that we store all content on a number of drives at the same time, the same file has the same checksum on all of 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 should be, it replaces that file with a healthy copy right away, avoiding any possibility of the bad copy to be synchronized on the other drives. ZFS is the only file system available on the market that uses checksums, which makes it much more dependable than other file systems which are not able to identify silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across drives.