Data corruption is the damage of info due to various software or hardware fails. Once a file is damaged, it will no longer function as it should, so an app 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 data getting damaged without any identification by the system or an admin, which makes it a serious problem for hosting servers as fails are very likely to happen on bigger hard disks where substantial volumes of info are located. If a drive is part of a RAID and the info on it is copied on other drives for redundancy, it is likely that the damaged file will be treated as a good one and it will be duplicated on all drives, making the harm permanent. Lots of the file systems that run on web servers nowadays often are unable to discover corrupted files in real time or they need time-consuming system checks through which the server isn't functioning.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Hosting
The integrity of the data that you upload to your new cloud hosting account shall be ensured by the ZFS file system that we use on our cloud platform. The majority of web hosting providers, including our firm, use multiple hard drives to keep content and because the drives work in a RAID, the exact same info is synchronized between the drives at all times. When a file on a drive becomes damaged for reasons unknown, yet, it is very likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives as other file systems don't offer 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 won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, which means that the damaged copy will be swapped with a good one from a different drive. Since this happens instantly, there's no possibility for any of your files to ever be damaged.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Semi-dedicated Hosting
You won't encounter any kind of silent data corruption issues whatsoever if you obtain one of our semi-dedicated hosting plans since the ZFS file system that we use on our cloud hosting platform uses checksums to guarantee that all of the files are intact all the time. A checksum is a unique digital fingerprint that is assigned to each and every file kept on a server. Since we store all content on multiple drives simultaneously, the same file uses the same checksum on all of the drives and what ZFS does is that it compares the checksums between the different drives right away. When 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 probability of the corrupted copy to be synchronized on the other hard drives. ZFS is the sole file system on the market which uses checksums, which makes it far superior to other file systems which are unable to detect silent data corruption and duplicate bad files across drives.