Andrea Douglas

July 04, 2008 11:42 ET

Defragging Servers is not Enough

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 4, 2008) - Businesses increasingly invest in their servers' maintenance but often forget to do the same with workstations and laptops. Servers are the backbone of any network; nevertheless fragmentation can still affect workstations and laptops, slowing them down together with the overall company productivity.

As a matter of fact, fragmentation will always occur on all computers due to the fact that it was invented to better utilise disk space. As users tend to store more data on their local workstations and laptops, the risk of getting an increased level of fragmentation represents a real threat.

Laptops in particular are in danger of suffering from heavy fragmentation. They are taken out of the office and virtually unavailable for tech support to run their checks and upgrades. Also, these are usually the machines that individuals rely on most for presentations or last minute work. Performance loss on laptops can be extremely frustrating as one will not always have access to an alternative computer when out of the office.

A recent article published on zdnet.co.uk (http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/0,1000000091,39440182,00.htm) stated that the introduction of Virtualisation technology will allow employees to use their own laptops at work which means that the tendency of storing documents locally will become normal practice. Increased file system fragmentation on these machines is inevitable.

The truth is that all systems need to be defragged. Most commonly a system is manually defragmented when it is running unacceptably slow. Scheduled defragmentation that runs once or twice a week is not an ideal solution either.

Due to ever growing storage devices the time it takes to defragment them is growing exponentially.

The only way to solve this existing and growing problem is to continuously defragment all your systems. The ideal solution would be to utilise an automatic defrag that runs in the background using only the idle resources, thus allowing users to do their work unhindered.

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