SOURCE: Bruce Boyers Marketing Services

December 23, 2008 18:20 ET

Automatic Defrag Speeds Delivery on Today's Networks

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - December 23, 2008) - Just a few years back, accessing a server drive from a network could be hectic, but had finite limits. For the most part, it meant accessing database records consisting of tables and text, Microsoft Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. Numerous solutions could be put in place to keep such traffic flowing smoothly. Databases could be optimized for faster access. Users could be prioritized so that important revenue streams -- such as that from sales -- could have precedence. And of course disks could be defragmented so that performance would be kept high.

Over time -- particularly in the twenty-first century -- this type of traffic has changed. Instead of simple text and document access, graphic, sound and video files have now become a firm part of a company's data. Not only are these files much larger than their predecessors, they present a whole new level of problems when it comes to access. For a video file, for example, that file is probably not wholly loaded into memory while the user is reviewing it. Instead it is streamed so that the viewer can start watching it almost immediately. This is also true of longer sound, slide shows and other types of multimedia presentations -- all of which are commonplace in today's enterprises.

Not only have the files changed in size and types of access, but so has the storage media. In order to maintain a smaller footprint yet host these substantially larger files, disk capacities have grown enormously and have passed into the terabyte range. While these transformations have been taking place, other exterior influences have occurred as well. In a global economy many servers must remain up and running 24X7, making scheduled maintenance such as defragmentation next to impossible. Additionally, traditional defrag solutions have been outpaced by such large drives; defragmenters were not designed to address the sheer volume of files and data contained on a terabyte drive.

The only methodology that consistently works to successfully defragment such drives is fully automatic, working in the background to consistently keep files in as few fragments as possible. This type of technology makes access to such files regularly achievable, as well as enabling technologies such as streaming to work as they should.

As well, special technology has been evolved to address high-capacity drives as yesterday's defragmentation engines are not adequate to the task and will simply grind endlessly.

In today's constantly active networks, with multimedia files and enormous drives, make sure your defragmentation technology will keep it smoothly performing always.

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