SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

June 16, 2010 11:30 ET

For "Undiagnosable" Performance Problems: Try Fragmentation Prevention

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) -  There are many types of performance problems, and they all range from simply annoying to downright screaming emergencies. There are issues that are easy to trace, such as a network slowdown that occurs when some uneducated user sends out a mass email to all employees during peak production hours. Or, a server unexpectedly goes offline, and production comes to a screeching halt.

Unfortunately, some problems are not so easy to diagnose. And when they can't be diagnosed, they can't be easily fixed. It becomes a game of "hit and miss" with various solutions until one seems to work. It's truly an IT nightmare.

Many such performance problems can be traced to file fragmentation. This makes sense when one realizes that when file fragmentation is severe (files in thousands or tens of thousands of fragments aren't at all uncommon) the system is having to perform a whole other level of extra operations simply to access all the file fragments and provide files to users and processes.

There have been numerous types of solutions to fragmentation over the years. Unfortunately two that are still in use in some companies, manual and scheduled defrag, have fallen by the wayside due to disappearing maintenance time windows. Too many systems must now remain constantly up and running.

To solve fragmentation problems, a majority of enterprises are turning to the fragmentation prevention provided by Diskeeper® performance software.

"The biggest relief from running Diskeeper comes from some of the random, undiagnosable problems that have been eliminated from our servers now that they are staying defragmented," said Jen Latham, Senior Infrastructure Specialist with the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan. "Some tough-to-isolate performance problems and errors that have been remedied by employing Diskeeper in our environment include servers locking up or blue-screening unexpectedly, system instability and reduced response times for our more intensive applications, and difficulty completing backups within the nightly window of opportunity."

Utilizing IntelliWrite technology, a new revolutionary breakthrough, Diskeeper 2010 intelligently writes files to the disk to prevent up to 95 percent of fragmentation from occurring. Coupled with Diskeeper superior defrag technology, Diskeeper delivers a complete performance solution for every Windows system at every site.

"With Diskeeper, I have seen an overall general improvement in performance," Latham added. "I also have observed a good reduction in time spent by our help desk troubleshooting slow desktop and laptop performance as well."

In the end, it's best to prevent fragmentation in the first place. With Diskeeper you are preventing a majority of fragmentation -- but best of all, you're also preventing those irritating performance issues that can't seem to be traced.

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