SOURCE: Diskeeper Corporation

June 10, 2008 17:37 ET

Truly Automatic Defrag Can Change Your Life

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 2008) - Over the years, automatic devices have seriously changed our business lives. Think about it: bookkeeping used to be accomplished by millions of adding-machine-clicking accountants sweating away in enormous rooms. Correspondence required pounding typewriters, messy carbon sheets, wasting tons of paper, a hefty postage budget and a well-staffed mail room. Phone calls required the slow manual callous-creating dialing of numbers from single lines. Now financial programs, operated by one or two employees, have replaced all the accountants; sending correspondence, even with multiple copies, is a simple matter of typing the message and clicking "send" and a phone call can now be accomplished with the click of an icon.

The computer is the invention that has made all these things possible, and will continue to enable automation of even more business processes as time goes on. But believe it or not, there are still manual operations occurring on a par with the repeated yanking of the handle on one of those big old clunky adding machines -- and believe it or not they're happening right in the computer room.

One of those tasks is defragmentation. Everyone will agree that defragmentation is necessary to curb performance-crippling file fragmentation -- but oddly, some still perform the task manually.

"I used to get constant reports from people that their computers had gotten slower and slower, and when I'd check them out -- sure enough -- the disk would be completely fragmented," said Tom Levesque, Operations Analyst with Pennichuck Water Works in Nashua, New Hampshire. "Then, I'd have to schedule an hour (or more) to defrag user PCs. Multiply that over 100 users, and you can see how inconvenient a manual defrag is."

Scheduled defrag is not much better -- someone has to take an enormous amount of time to set the schedules on each of those PCs and then follow up to make sure they run. And with servers, scheduling is not even an option much of the time since there is no downtime. On top of that, fragmentation is left behind by the scheduled method, continuing to build in betweens scheduled runs.

The best solution in today's computing environments is the fully automatic defragmentation offered by Diskeeper® with InvisiTasking™. "Now, I don't have to do anything," Levesque reported. "The InvisiTasking automatic defragmentation works perfectly. Out of curiosity, I'll spot-check a user's PC (I did one yesterday), and they always come up defragmented. I haven't seen one that's needed a manual defrag since we installed Diskeeper."

Diskeeper brings defragmentation out of the age of banging typewriters and dialing phones by working invisibly, in the background, utilizing only otherwise-idle resources. No scheduling is ever required and no negative performance hit from defrag ever occurs.

"Diskeeper keeps the servers humming along, too," Levesque concluded. "I could manually defragment my servers, but of course there would be a performance hit if I did this during the day. Now, there's no need to do so, as the servers defragment themselves on the fly."

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