Data corruption is the unintentional modification of a file or the losing of info that usually occurs during reading or writing. The reason may be hardware or software malfunction, and because of this, a file may become partially or completely corrupted, so it will no longer function as it should since its bits shall be scrambled or lost. An image file, for instance, will no longer present an authentic image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack for the reason that its content will be unreadable, etc. When such an issue occurs and it's not found by the system or by an administrator, the data will become corrupted silently and if this happens on a disk drive that is part of a RAID array where the info is synced between different drives, the corrupted file shall be copied on all of the other drives and the harm will become long term. Numerous popular file systems either do not offer real-time checks or don't have high quality ones which will detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a common problem on internet hosting servers where huge amounts of information are stored.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Web Hosting
The integrity of the data that you upload to your new web hosting account shall be ensured by the ZFS file system that we make use of on our cloud platform. The vast majority of hosting suppliers, including our firm, use multiple hard drives to store content and considering that the drives work in a RAID, the same info is synchronized between the drives all the time. When a file on a drive is corrupted for reasons unknown, yet, it's very likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives since alternative file systems don't feature special checks for this. Unlike them, ZFS employs a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each file. In case a file gets damaged, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, therefore the bad copy shall be replaced with a good one from a different disk drive. Because this happens in real time, there's no possibility for any of your files to ever get corrupted.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you obtain one of our semi-dedicated server plans, you will not have to be concerned about silent data corruption as we use ZFS - a high level file system that monitors all the files in real time. Whenever you upload a file to your website hosting account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. This file will be synchronized between a number of NVMe drives for redundancy, so if a drive fails, the other ones will take over. ZFS compares the checksum of all of the copies on the different drives and when it detects a corrupted copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from another drive. This happens instantly, so there will be no threat for any part of your content at any moment. In contrast, other file systems execute checks only after a system failure, but since they don't use anything similar to the checksums which ZFS uses, they won't detect silently corrupted files, so a corrupted copy may be replicated on the remaining drives as well and you can lose crucial info. As this is not the case with ZFS, we can warrant the integrity of every single file you upload no matter what.