SOURCE: Bruce Boyers Marketing Services

February 02, 2011 16:49 ET

More Storage -- More Reliability Issues?

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - February 2, 2011) - It used to be that computer data storage was expensive enough that it was used as sparingly as possible. It was also true, at that time, that computers were an addition to business processes, and only the more affluent enterprises could afford to put mainstream processes on computer.

As time passed, and as computing became more advanced, data processing became more cost-effective and was more widely adapted. Computing innovations, driving prices down, also meant systems were easier for more businesses to utilize. Businesses began to rely on them for more of their operations -- and began to trust more data to hard drives instead of filing cabinets.

Today, the "changeover" is complete. Even small businesses fully rely on computers for nearly all business functions. Computer data storage, which used to be so expensive, is now very cost-effective, and now photographs, videos, sound files and multimedia presentations -- once only in hard copy or offline media form -- are now all stored as files on disk.

Storage requirements are only increasing, and it will soon be that multi-terabyte drives will be considered not only commonplace but inadequate (if the past is any gauge). File sizes will only continue to grow as well -- and the cry for "more storage!" will only become louder.

Along with the demand for storage, something else has grown as well -- reliability issues. One factor that has been with us since the beginning of hard drive storage is file fragmentation -- the breaking up of files and free space to better utilize disk space. Fragmentation brings with it a multitude of reliability issues that include crippled performance, reduced drive life, unexpected hangs and crashes, and more. And as drives and file sizes have immensely grown, so has fragmentation.

Because companies are so reliant on computing, such issues affect every aspect of a business. Users having to wait for processes to complete are less productive -- as they also are if halted by a process hang or drive that crashes. IT personnel, instead of moving forward with system plans, are constantly having to put out fires and chase up reliability issues.

For many years, defragmentation -- the collecting up and putting back together file fragments -- was the answer. Today, however, there is performance software that goes beyond defrag and squarely deals with modern and complex reliability issues. In fact, it actually prevents a majority of them before they happen. This occurs fully automatically, and in the background.

Putting such a system in place, your data storage requirements can continue to grow unabated -- while reliability problems become a thing of the past.

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