Data corruption is the unintentional transformation of a file or the losing of info that often occurs during reading or writing. The reason may be hardware or software failure, and because of this, a file could become partially or fully corrupted, so it'll no longer function correctly because its bits shall be scrambled or lost. An image file, for example, will no longer present an authentic image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack as its content will be unreadable, etc. In case such an issue occurs and it's not recognized by the system or by an admin, the data will become corrupted silently and when this happens on a disk drive that is part of a RAID array where the info is synchronized between various different drives, the corrupted file will be replicated on all other drives and the harm will be permanent. A large number of popular file systems either do not offer real-time checks or do not have high quality ones which will detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a rather common problem on internet hosting servers where large amounts 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 will be guaranteed by the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud platform. The majority of hosting service providers, like our company, use multiple HDDs to keep content and since the drives work in a RAID, exactly the same data is synchronized between the drives at all times. If a file on a drive becomes damaged for some reason, yet, it is more than likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives because alternative file systems do not have special checks for that. Unlike 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, so the damaged copy will be replaced with a good one from a different drive. As this happens right away, there is no risk for any of your files to ever get corrupted.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you purchase one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans, you will not need to be concerned about silent file corruption as we use ZFS - a high level file system which monitors all of 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. That file will be synchronized between several SSD drives for redundancy, so if one drive fails, the other ones will take over. ZFS compares the checksum of all copies on the different drives and if it detects a corrupted copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from a different drive. This happens instantly, so there will be no danger for any part of your content at any moment. In comparison, alternative file systems perform checks after a system malfunction, but since they don't use anything similar to the checksums that ZFS uses, they won't detect silently corrupted files, so a bad copy may be replicated on the rest of the drives as well and you can lose precious data. Since this isn't the case with ZFS, we can warrant the integrity of every single file you upload no matter what.