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Defrag for High Capacity Servers:The Power to Get Up That Hill

Picture this: You’re driving a truck that is loaded to capacity. The load has to be delivered on time, or you don’t get paid. Suddenly you’re confronted with a long upwards hill–and as you shift into low gear, a knot forms in your stomach as you realize your load may be too heavy to get up and over that rise. Sure enough, your worries aren’t unfounded; about halfway up the steep incline, the truck’s engine is running full-out, gears are grinding, and that truck is going absolutely nowhere.

Trucks and engines are rated for the loads they are pulling. If a truck is loaded within the parameters of what it is rated to handle, it should have no problem getting over such a hill. But if it isn’t, you find yourself in the position above, usually at a time when you can least afford it, like the middle of the night.

Unlike trucks and their engines, defrag engines were not labeled until recently with the sizes of disk they could defragment, and many still are not. It was a “one defragmenter fits all” type of scenario. Unfortunately, disk capacities have continued to grow until they have become gargantuan in order to accommodate the enormous amount of data and large files found in today’s computing environments. Most defragmenters, however, have not been made more powerful to keep pace–and running them on today’s server drives much of the time yields results that range from woefully incomplete to none at all. The defrag engine is just not powerful enough.

It was for this reason that Diskeeper Corporation developed the Terabyte Volume Engine (TVE) for their Diskeeper Enterprise Server edition. TVE is the only defrag technology with the necessary horsepower to eliminate the rapid fragmentation build-up that occurs in high-traffic volumes that handles millions of files. The greater the number of files and fragments on a volume, the more dramatic TVE’s benefits will be. In a class of its own, TVE makes real-time enterprise server defragmentation a reality.

Additionally, most enterprise servers are running 24×7, and scheduling defragmentation is simply not an option. Diskeeper utilizes its proprietary InvisiTasking technology to defragment whenever and wherever possible, using only otherwise-idle resources. Scheduling is never required, there is never a negative performance hit from defragmentation, and system performance and reliability are always maximized.

Just like you would make sure your truck could handle a heavy load up a steep grade, make sure your defragmenter can handle rough and tough server environments.

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Contact: Colleen Toumayan
Email: ctoumayan@diskeeper.com

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