SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

March 18, 2010 11:11 ET

The Importance of Fragmentation Prevention on File Servers

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) -  When a lot of people are sharing one particular source -- of data, goods or anything else -- things tend to get a bit chaotic. Just think of your favorite mall during the holidays. For every entrance or exit, there are probably fifteen people trying to squeeze through it. For every sales associate in a store, there are maybe twenty or thirty customers demanding attention. And for every unit of a big-selling item during that season, there are probably a hundred people jostling to get their hands on that single item.

The "items" in a computing environment are not exactly the same, because they are digital data, not tangible products. But it is a similar situation when it comes to files servers and, especially, shared data. One file can have multiple people accessing it at the same time. Several of these can be making changes to this data and saving it back. If it is not carefully managed, it can become a total mess.

Fortunately, the way that today's applications are structured and the methods utilized in shared computing allow for these factors, and it's normally no problem. But there is one element that can slow the speed of shared computing down to a crawl: file fragmentation.

File fragmentation is a serious problem in any computing scenario. But in a shared environment, every file read and write is done with hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of file fragments. One person will access a file (slowed by fragmentation), save it back (slowed by further fragmentation) and it will be accessed by someone else (even further slowed by fragmentation). Multiply this by the many files on a file server or in a shared data environment, and you can have employee production slowed dramatically across the boards.

"A virtual server on our SAN hosts both user home directories and our shared data directory," said Derek Okawa, Health Information Technology Technician at Hilo Family Health Center in Hilo, Hawaii. "On any given day we have 30 or more staff making use of both shares, which has tangibly slowed file access over time in the past due to a high file fragmentation rate."

Fortunately, Derek and his company have found a solution in Diskeeper® 2010 performance software -- the very first solution that actually prevents a majority of fragmentation before it happens.

"Our 'shining star' is Diskeeper 2010 Server on our file server," Derek said. "Diskeeper reports that in the last week IntelliWrite has prevented over 4000 file fragments from occurring."

Utilizing a new revolutionary technology called IntelliWritefragmentation prevention, Diskeeper 2010 intelligently writes files to the disk to prevent up to 85 percent of fragmentation from occurring. Coupled with superior defragmentation technology, Diskeeper 2010 delivers a complete performance solution for every Windows system at every site, and goes far beyond what defragmentation alone can achieve.

"Diskeeper has saved us time and money by automating disk defragmentation and eliminating the downtime usually associated with it," Derek concluded.

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