Data corruption is the accidental transformation of a file or the losing of info which often occurs during reading or writing. The reason can be hardware or software fail, and as a consequence, a file may become partially or completely corrupted, so it'll no longer work as it should since its bits will be scrambled or lost. An image file, for instance, will no longer show an authentic image, but a random mix of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack since its content will be unreadable, and so on. In the event that this kind of a problem occurs and it's not recognized by the system or by an admin, the data will be corrupted silently and in case this happens on a drive that's a part of a RAID array where the data is synced between various drives, the corrupted file will be reproduced on all the other drives and the harm will be long term. Numerous widespread file systems either don't feature real-time checks or don't have high quality ones that will detect a problem before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a very common issue on web hosting servers where substantial amounts of information are kept.

No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Hosting

The integrity of the data which you upload to your new cloud hosting account shall be guaranteed by the ZFS file system which we take advantage of on our cloud platform. Most of the web hosting service providers, like our firm, use multiple hard drives to keep content and because the drives work in a RAID, exactly the same data is synchronized between the drives at all times. In case a file on a drive becomes corrupted for some reason, yet, it's more than likely that it will be reproduced on the other drives since alternative file systems don't offer special checks for this. Unlike them, ZFS employs a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every 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 hard drive. As this happens right away, there's no possibility for any of your files to ever be corrupted.