The process of files getting damaged due to some hardware or software failure is referred to as data corruption and this is among the main problems which hosting companies face since the larger a hard disk drive is and the more info is stored on it, the much more likely it is for data to be corrupted. There are different fail-safes, yet often the info becomes damaged silently, so neither the file system, nor the admins see a thing. Because of this, a bad file will be handled as a good one and if the hard disk drive is part of a RAID, the file will be copied on all other disk drives. Theoretically, this is done for redundancy, but in practice the damage will get even worse. Once a given file gets damaged, it will be partially or completely unreadable, so a text file will not be readable, an image file will present a random blend of colors in case it opens at all and an archive will be impossible to unpack, so you risk sacrificing your website content. Although the most widely used server file systems feature various checks, they often fail to find some problem early enough or require an extensive time period to check all of the files and the web hosting server will not be functional for the time being.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Shared Website Hosting

In case you host your sites in a shared website hosting account from our firm, you don't need to worry about any of your data ever getting corrupted. We can guarantee that as our cloud hosting platform works with the advanced ZFS file system. The aforementioned is the only file system that works with checksums, or unique digital fingerprints, for every single file. Any information that you upload will be kept in a RAID i.e. simultaneously on many NVMe drives. All the file systems synchronize the files between the separate drives with this type of a setup, but there is no real guarantee that a file won't be corrupted. This may occur throughout the writing process on any drive and after that a damaged copy can be copied on the other drives. What makes the difference on our platform is the fact that ZFS analyzes the checksums of all files on all of the drives immediately and in case a corrupted file is located, it's substituted with a good copy with the correct checksum from some other drive. This way, your data will continue to be unharmed no matter what, even if a whole drive fails.