SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

December 30, 2008 12:04 ET

Automatic Defrag: "More Production With Fewer Resources"

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - December 30, 2008) - With today's economy being what it is, it becomes a mandate all across an enterprise to "make due with what you've got." But in fact that's just the bare minimum -- far more desirable would be to obtain even more production with fewer resources. Reorganize the workflow so that fewer personnel can actually get more done. Fix up that older machinery so that it works twice as hard. Balance the load on a network so that new computer system purchases can be put off as long as possible.

In theory, defragmentation should allow an enterprise to pursue this path. When files are defragmented, hardware doesn't have to strain under the excessive I/Os needed to retrieve files and hard drive life is lengthened. Faster access allows users to get more work done in less time. It should be, as they say, a "no-brainer."

Unfortunately, some sites over the years have implemented scheduled defragmentation and are now wondering why they are still encountering fragmentation-related issues. The answer is simple: scheduled defragmentation can no longer keep up with the fantastic rates of fragmentation occurring in today's computer environments. Due to the necessity of constant uptime for many servers, scheduling is increasingly harder to do. In between scheduled runs (when they can be scheduled) fragmentation continues to build and to impact the system.

Recently Nova Technologies of Orlando, Florida found themselves in need of advanced defrag technology. "This site does geo-spatial processing in support of flight simulations for the US Army," said B.J. Watson, Nova Technologies' Director of Contracts. "The applications we use are very abusive to storage, creating continual fragmentation."

The company carefully tested several defragmentation solutions and finally decided on Diskeeper® software's fully automatic defrag. "Considering that multiple terabytes of storage were involved, active defragmentation was the only real option to mitigate this abuse," Watson said. "Diskeeper gave us the performance return desired with a straightforward management interface that enabled us to deploy the application across the enterprise from a single console."

Diskeeper Corporation's proprietary InvisiTasking® technology allows defrag to occur invisibly, in the background, utilizing resources that would be otherwise idle. Performance and reliability are constantly maximized. No scheduling is ever required and there is never a negative performance hit from defrag. Diskeeper also contains robust technology to specially address the severe fragmentation issues of terabyte drives.

For Nova Technologies, the best result was the one that companies everywhere are seeking today. "Diskeeper was a solid investment," said Watson. "Diskeeper enables us to do more production with fewer resources."

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