The process of files being corrupted because of some hardware or software failure is called data corruption and this is among the main problems which Internet hosting companies face because the larger a hard drive is and the more data is kept on it, the much more likely it is for data to get corrupted. You will find different fail-safes, but often the data is damaged silently, so neither the particular file system, nor the administrators see anything. Thus, a damaged file will be handled as a regular one and if the hard drive is part of a RAID, that file will be duplicated on all other drives. In theory, this is for redundancy, but in practice the damage will get worse. Once some file gets damaged, it will be partially or fully unreadable, which means that a text file will no longer be readable, an image file will show a random mix of colors in case it opens at all and an archive shall be impossible to unpack, and you risk losing your website content. Although the most widespread server file systems include various checks, they often fail to find a problem early enough or require a vast amount of time to be able to check all files and the web server will not be functional in the meantime.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Website Hosting

If you host your sites in a cloud website hosting account from our firm, you will not need to worry about your data ever getting damaged. We can guarantee that due to the fact that our cloud hosting platform works with the amazing ZFS file system. The latter is the only file system that works with checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for each file. All data that you upload will be stored in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on a large number of SSD drives. A lot of file systems synchronize the files between the separate drives with such a setup, but there's no real guarantee that a file will not get corrupted. This could occur during the writing process on each drive and after that a corrupted copy may be copied on all other drives. What is different on our platform is the fact that ZFS compares the checksums of all files on all of the drives live and in case a corrupted file is identified, it is swapped with a good copy with the correct checksum from another drive. By doing this, your info will remain undamaged no matter what, even if an entire drive fails.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you get one of our semi-dedicated server plans, you won't need to be concerned about silent file corruption because we use ZFS - an advanced file system which monitors all of the files in real time. Each time you upload a file to your web hosting account, ZFS will assign a unique digital fingerprint to it - the so-called checksum. The file will be synced between a couple of SSD drives for redundancy, so if a drive fails, the other ones will take control. ZFS compares the checksum of all of the copies on the different drives and if it detects a corrupted copy, it replaces it with a healthy one from a different drive. This is done instantly, so there will be no threat for any part of your content at any moment. By comparison, other file systems perform checks after a system breakdown, but since they don't use anything similar to the checksums that ZFS uses, they can't detect silently corrupted files, so a bad copy may be replicated on the other disks as well and you can lose critical information. Since this isn't the case with ZFS, we warrant the integrity of each and every file you upload no matter what.