Data corruption is the unintended transformation of a file or the loss of information that often occurs during reading or writing. The reason can be hardware or software fail, and as a consequence, a file may become partially or fully corrupted, so it will no longer work correctly as its bits will be scrambled or lacking. An image file, for instance, will no longer display an authentic image, but a random combination of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack for the reason that its content will be unreadable, and so on. In case such an issue occurs and it's not noticed by the system or by an admin, the data will become corrupted silently and if this happens on a disk drive that is a part of a RAID array where the data is synchronized between various different drives, the corrupted file shall be copied on all of the other drives and the damage will be long term. A number of widely used file systems either don't offer real-time checks or do not have high quality ones that can detect an issue before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a common problem on internet hosting servers where huge amounts of information are stored.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Web Hosting
The integrity of the data that you upload to your new cloud web hosting account will be guaranteed by the ZFS file system that we work with on our cloud platform. The majority of internet hosting suppliers, like our company, use multiple hard drives to keep content and since the drives work in a RAID, the exact same information is synchronized between the drives at all times. In case a file on a drive becomes corrupted for whatever reason, yet, it is very likely that it will be duplicated on the other drives since alternative file systems don't offer special checks for that. In contrast to them, ZFS works with a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for each and every file. In case a file gets corrupted, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, and the bad copy shall be substituted with a good one from another hard disk. Because this happens in real time, there's no risk for any of your files to ever be damaged.