SOURCE: Bruce Boyers Marketing Services

February 17, 2010 14:26 ET

Site Wide Fragmentation Prevention: Beware the Weakest Link

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2010) - "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." This famous proverb is probably the most oft-uttered phrase when it comes to groups of anything -- including people. It's also immediately applicable: a team of individuals, especially in facing a challenge, will only be as strong as the least-capable person within it. Likewise, a machine comprised of a collection of components will only be as efficient as the least effective of those components.

It's certainly true of today's businesses which are, of course, comprised of individuals; and numerous involved methodologies exist to measure individual employee efficiency to ensure there are no "weakest links."

Businesses today, however, are also composed of computers. Servers form the backbone of data provision and protection, telephony and security, while individual employees have their own workstations or notebooks on which work is compiled and performed.

The "weakest link" philosophy very obviously applies to these computers. If one server is slower than others, it can be readily seen that until that server is brought up to snuff it will hamper the performance of the entire network to a greater or lesser degree. Not as immediately obvious but nonetheless as important, if an individual computing device is performing poorly, it slows down the production of that employee, and therefore every other employee that relies on that person for data or finished products.

File fragmentation is a major element in slowing down computer performance and reliability. In the past, some sites would only address fragmentation if it were impacting a primary server. But think about it: what if employee efficiency were only addressed on an executive level, while junior executives and administrative personnel were basically ignored? That wouldn't be a very strong company. In a likewise fashion, if fragmentation is only addressed on some of the computers, the remainder of those systems are going to suffer -- and so is the enterprise.

Today, many corporations have realized how true this is, and have also discovered how easy it is with the latest technology to address fragmentation on each and every computer within an enterprise. Technology exists today that actually prevents the majority of fragmentation on a system, before it ever happens. This technology operates completely automatically, unlike much of the defrag technology of the past which required a user to run a defragmenter -- which, unfortunately, they couldn't be counted on to do. Today, performance software can be installed on a system, fragmentation is negated from there on out, and the users only benefit from the maximized performance and reliability.

From the lowliest workstation to the most robust server, fragmentation prevention now makes it easier than ever to ensure that all systems all across an enterprise are as strong as they can possibly be.

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