SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

December 23, 2008 13:09 ET

Automatic Defrag: Kicking the "Bah, Humbug" Out of Performance

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - December 23, 2008) - Charles Dickens' famous work "A Christmas Carol" was first published in 1843 and has been one of the most beloved holiday stories in the 165 years since. It tells the tale of one Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly man so focused on the "importance" of personal wealth that he robs the magical holiday glow from anyone associated with him. His character has become infamous for his reply to anyone who wished him a Merry Christmas -- "Bah, humbug!"

In the world of computers, file fragmentation can certainly be likened to Mr. Scrooge. Laying an icy hand on the warmth and wonder of maximum performance and system reliability, fragmentation slows down access times, shortens hardware life and makes existence as miserable as possible for all users. IT has to perform double-duty to deal with fragmentation and may, like Scrooge's poor clerk Bob Crachit, even end up thanklessly toiling on Christmas Eve to keep systems up and running.

Scheduled defragmentation is the "solution" that some sites still rely upon to address the fragmentation issue. But a closer look reveals the fact that scheduled defrag is much like Scrooge's "generosity" to his clerk -- while Bob Crachit has Christmas day off, he is expected to show up for work early the following day to "make up" for the fact he was home with his family on the holiday. Scheduled defragmentation is supposed to increase performance but it doesn't cut it in today's hectic computer environments; in between scheduled runs, fragmentation continues to build and impact performance. IT still ends up addressing fragmentation-related issues despite the fact that a "defragmenter" is in place.

On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a series of three spirits who show him what life -- and death -- can be for those like himself who lack any trace of humanity. By Christmas morning he is transformed into the warm-hearted being he was when he was a boy. In much the same way, Diskeeper® software with its proprietary InvisiTasking® technology truly and fully addresses the fragmentation issue. Working invisibly in the background, fragmentation is consistently addressed so that it just never happens. Only otherwise-idle resources are used, so no scheduling is ever required and there is never a negative performance hit from defrag.

The result is a thing of wonder all across an enterprise. File access is always lightning fast. System reliability is constantly at its utmost. Work is being finished on time. IT is focused on the future instead of constantly "putting out fires" in the present.

File fragmentation is certainly the Ebenezer Scrooge to performance. Diskeeper Corporation's automatic defrag returns the warmth and happiness of maximum performance and reliability to all computers everywhere.

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