SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

March 15, 2007 13:33 ET

System Performance Software Drives Corporate Need for Speed

Whether Local or Across the Internet, Fragmentation Affects Network Traffic Performance

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2007 -- With the decreasing costs associated with today's bandwidth technologies, a high speed connection can easily be had by every corporation. Of course, proper implementation of system performance software ensures speedy downloads remain consistent.

Generally, even with a broadband connection, sluggish file transfers can still occasionally occur. Now, while most of these download issues are related to latency and bandwidth, there is another critical factor involved... fragmentation.

Despite the number of employees or file transfers within an organization, it's a fact that fragmentation can and will occur on a daily basis. More details regarding this can be found in the Impact of Disk Fragmentation article, written by Joe Kinsella for Windows® IT Pro Magazine.

Fragmentation can be broken down into the following two categories:

1.  Whole files that are broken into numerous pieces and scattered across
    hard drives.
2.  Free space on hard drives that is broken into various sections across
    the drives.
Now, when a new file is downloaded, regardless of origin, the operating system has to quickly locate a section of free space for the file to reside. However, if the designated gap of free space is smaller in size than the file in question, the excess part of the file spills into the next available piece of free space. This creates increased fragmentation and therefore signifies the need to defrag.

Let's take a look at how fragmentation affects downloads over the Internet. We'll use a popular web browser, Internet Explorer®, for our example.

When a user downloads a file from the net, such as a software package, it is initially copied to a temporary location on the computer before being transferred to the intended location once the file download process completes. Now, depending on the current level of fragmentation, the time necessary to actually download and copy the file to the appropriate location can be dramatically increased. Thus, we can easily see how fragmentation can slow down Internet downloads.

The very same phenomenon hinders file transfers over a local network as well. With the immeasurable number of internal file transfers that occur daily in corporate America, the effects of fragmentation can be staggering.

Today, many small businesses depend on a single file server to handle the workload of their entire organization. In such a scenario, fragmentation soon occurs on a large scale due to frequent local file transfers and modifications. As you might expect, this puts a damper on production and, in some cases, can bring it to a halt completely.

Of course, there is hope. System performance software, such as Diskeeper® 2007 by Diskeeper Corporation (www.diskeeper.com), addresses these concerns entirely.

While a broadband connection can definitely increase production, fragmentation can make routine downloads feel like dialup. Without system performance software, a business can end up stalled on the Information Superhighway.

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