When an IT director or system administrator is selecting new software, whether it is an application or for system administration tasks, one of the prime concerns is: what is the resource usage for this software when running? In a typical site today, it’s a real balancing act for the many applications and other tasks so that CPU, hard drive, memory, network and other resources don’t become overloaded at any given time.
Wouldn’t it be a thing of wonder if they didn’t use resources when running at all, yet performed the given tasks as if by magic? It would be superb if the more resource-intensive regular tasks, such as backup, anti-virus and defrag, which normally have to be run during off hours, could simply run in the background without worry–especially since those “off hours” are quickly disappearing due to increasing 24X7 operation.
Fortunately, there is at least one such task that does indeed run completely automatically without impacting resources or performance–completely automatic defrag from Diskeeper. Diskeeper’s proprietary InvisiTasking technology allows invisible defragmentation in real time, with no negative impact on system performance.
“The major advantage to InvisiTasking is that you never know that Diskeeper is running; what I mean is that you will never notice the service using any CPU processor time,” said Frank Clough, IT Director for the US District Court of Concord, New Hampshire. “It allocates the resources (disk, network, memory, and CPU) separately, never attaching to one (CPU, for example) the entire time it runs, which is an Administrator’s worst nightmare – overhead! I like this feature because it eliminates the overhead that all of us IT folks want to get rid of.”
Diskeeper utilizes only otherwise-idle resources for its operation. Hence, defrag takes place whenever and wherever possible, and performance is consistently maximized. “I have validated the Diskeeper product by using third party applications to verify that the defragmentation was getting done efficiently and every time I checked it I found that it was,” Clough said.
“Once you deploy it, set your policies, and configure it the way you like, you don’t have to check up on it,” Clough concluded. “Diskeeper manages itself and that was what I was looking for. I am too busy to check up on servers daily; I already have 20 to manage and don’t need another one! I feel a lot more comfortable knowing that Diskeeper is on our systems so that in the future there are no reliability issues.”
When other major tasks run like fully automatic defrag, a system administrator’s job will certainly be simpler.