SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

November 26, 2008 12:28 ET

Automatic Defrag: Saving Those Precious IT Resources

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - November 26, 2008) - In today's economy saving every dollar possible is vital. In company expenditures, this manifests as finding the best deals on equipment, supplies and raw materials. For human resources it plays out in utilizing the least number of personnel to accomplish the most amount of work. And in IT, it translates to the most intelligent deployment of system resources, as well as allocation of IT personnel hours to the most important and vital projects.

It's not just the economic situation impacting IT these days -- it is also the fact of systems having to remain up and running as much as possible. Having to take a system off line to utilize resources for maintenance not only directly impedes production, but also robs valuable IT hours from projects that will actually help the company make money.

File fragmentation is the number one culprit for stealing resources in this regard. Traditional methods have dictated scheduling defragmentation, something that's becoming harder and harder to do with dedicated systems. Because available times to schedule defrag have become so rare, IT personnel must work that much harder to get defragmentation done, even having to resort to manual defrags for which they must be present. And because defrag is performed less often, fragmentation continues to build and to impact system performance and reliability.

Into the teeth of this major problem for many enterprises flies Diskeeper® software with InvisiTasking® technology.

"Diskeeper with InvisiTasking has greatly reduced the amount of system resources that are taken up by defragmentation," said Angela McCord, Network Manager with LexJet of Sarasota, Florida. "The difference has been very noticeable."

InvisiTasking allows Diskeeper to defrag whenever otherwise-idle resources are available -- meaning that drives are constantly kept defragmented and running at maximum performance. Scheduling is never required and there is never a negative performance hit from defragmentation.

"Diskeeper has helped to reduce the amount of maintenance necessary from an IT perspective," said McCord. "Instead of scheduling disk defragmentation in off hours or having to run the defrag process manually, Diskeeper has reduced the amount of after-hours time spent on maintenance. Now, my time is just spent with Windows updates and hardware updates."

While those resources are saved, performance and reliability are maximized -- which is, of course, the whole point. "I stand by what I said about Diskeeper and the great help it has been to me," McCord concluded. "I am very pleased with the results of the server performance."

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