SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

June 12, 2009 13:32 ET

The Fully Indispensable Automatic Defrag

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - If you question any system administrator as to "indispensable" software applications or utilities, you're likely to get any number of answers. You're likely to also find some commonalities, though, such as anti-virus, firewall, backup and defragmentation. But in the case of defrag, the defragmentation technology being used is a key factor -- one that bears examination by any enterprise.

File fragmentation occurs on all computers. Invented to better utilize disk space, fragmentation breaks files into pieces (fragments). While the disk space is indeed better utilized, a serious problem is entered in due to the multiple extra I/Os required to access all the fragments of a file. Performance is drastically affected, hard drive life is shortened by a third to half, and system reliability can also come into question.

For many years, the common defragmentation solution has been scheduled defragmentation; at times when a system isn't in use, defragmentation could be scheduled to run. In today's computing environment, however, with its enormous files and huge disk drive capacities, scheduled defrag is no longer able to keep up with the fragmentation rates.

Many companies have found that the fully automatic defragmentation provided by Diskeeper® 2009 is the only way to keep pace with fragmentation. Utilizing a proprietary technology called InvisiTasking®, Diskeeper works invisibly, in the background, utilizing resources that would otherwise be idle. There is no negative performance hit by the defrag process, and performance is always maximized.

"The value of this product to our company is indispensable," says John Kimm of The Power Station, an online radio station. "Diskeeper prevents downtime of our servers and websites so we do not lose customers."

"Diskeeper is just one of those 'must have' utilities in my eyes," agrees Shelly Shinnick, Systems Administrator for Pate Engineers, Inc. of Houston, Texas. "We have a large file server, full of AutoCAD drawings that get heavily fragmented since they are constantly being modified. The server has 4TB of attached storage and is at 80-90% capacity. I was getting daily complaints about the file server being slow -- multiple times a day. I installed Diskeeper and immediately the complaints stopped."

"After I installed Diskeeper, there wasn't really anything to do; it just sits there and runs in the background doing what it does," Shinnick concludes.

In today's computing environments with their constant access and frantic rates of fragmentation, Diskeeper software's fully automatic solution really is indispensable to constant uptime and performance.

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