Data corruption is the damage of info because of various hardware or software failures. When a file is corrupted, it will no longer function as it should, so an application will not start or shall give errors, a text file could be partially or fully unreadable, an archive file will be impossible to open then unpack, etc. Silent data corruption is the process of info getting harmed without any acknowledgement by the system or an administrator, which makes it a serious problem for web hosting servers as failures are much more likely to happen on larger in size hard drives where large volumes of information are stored. When a drive is part of a RAID and the info on it is duplicated on other drives for redundancy, it's likely that the damaged file will be treated as an undamaged one and will be copied on all drives, making the harm permanent. A huge number of the file systems which run on web servers nowadays often are unable to locate corrupted files immediately or they need time-consuming system checks during which the server is not working.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Website Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new website hosting account shall be ensured by the ZFS file system which we employ on our cloud platform. The majority of web hosting providers, like our firm, use multiple hard drives to keep content and since the drives work in a RAID, the same data is synchronized between the drives at all times. In case a file on a drive becomes damaged for some reason, however, it's very likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives because alternative file systems do not offer special checks for that. Unlike them, ZFS works with a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every file. In case a file gets corrupted, its checksum will not match what ZFS has as a record for it, which means that the damaged copy will be replaced with a good one from another disk drive. As this happens right away, there's no possibility for any of your files to ever get damaged.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

Your semi-dedicated server account will be protected against silent data corruption since all our storage servers use the state-of-the-art ZFS file system. What makes the latter unique is that it employs checksums, or digital identifiers, in order to guarantee the integrity of each and every file. When you upload content to your account, it will be saved on a couple of redundant drives employed in a RAID i.e. the files shall be the same across all disks. All the copies of a particular file will have the same checksum on all drives and ZFS will compare the checksums of the duplicates quickly, so if it identifies a mismatch, that would indicate that one of the copies is damaged, it will swap that file with a good copy from one of the other disks. Even if there's an unexpected blackout, the data on the servers will not get corrupted and there won't be any need for a time-consuming system check which other file systems perform after some breakdown, extending the time needed for the server to get back online. ZFS is the file system which can really protect your content from silent data corruption.