Data corruption is the accidental change of a file or the losing of information which often occurs during reading or writing. The reason can be hardware or software malfunction, and due to this fact, a file can become partially or fully corrupted, so it will no longer function properly as its bits will be scrambled or lacking. An image file, for instance, will no longer present an actual image, but a random mix of colors, an archive will be impossible to unpack as its content will be unreadable, etc. If such a problem occurs and it is not identified by the system or by an administrator, the data will become corrupted silently and when this happens on a disk drive which is a part of a RAID array where the information is synced between various drives, the corrupted file shall be duplicated on all the other drives and the damage will become long term. Numerous commonly used file systems either don't have real-time checks or don't have good ones which will detect a problem before the damage is done, so silent data corruption is a very common matter on hosting servers where substantial volumes of info are stored.
No Data Corruption & Data Integrity in Cloud Website Hosting
The integrity of the data that you upload to your new cloud website hosting account will be ensured by the ZFS file system that we take advantage of on our cloud platform. The vast majority of internet hosting providers, including our company, use multiple hard disks to store content and since the drives work in a RAID, the exact same information is synchronized between the drives all of the time. When a file on a drive gets corrupted for whatever reason, yet, it's more than likely that it will be copied on the other drives as alternative file systems don't include special checks for that. In contrast to them, ZFS employs a digital fingerprint, or a checksum, for every file. If a file gets damaged, its checksum won't match what ZFS has as a record for it, therefore the damaged copy will be substituted with a good one from another hard drive. Since this happens instantly, there is no risk for any of your files to ever be corrupted.