In the business world the difference between success and failure can come down to how quickly you can deliver. Whether it’s a product or service customers and clients want to see a quick response when they are spending their money. We live in a world where time is at a premium and nobody wants to be kept waiting, especially when there are other companies that promise they can produce results in a much quicker manner.
Of course there are delays that we can’t always foresee or prevent, a traffic accident may hold us up on the road or an unexpected illness at the office may increase our workload and result in our work becoming backed up, but these setbacks are generally met with an attitude of understanding.
That’s not always the case when the delays are caused by something that could easily be prevented. Just about every company that has ever handled a customer service call has heard the threat of an irate individual who swears if their order isn’t completed within a certain period of time they will go elsewhere.
Because companies realize that winning a client’s confidence is difficult and establishing repeat business is imperative to their success they often go to great lengths to facilitate their demands. While customers may see this in a company’s effort to increase communication or offers of a special deal as a sign of appreciation there are other steps that a company can implement to sustain a loyal customer and client base.
Chief among these practices is the protection of their computer network system. Most companies today rely heavily on their network to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly. These networks do everything from monitoring inventory and shipments and delivering functional and appealing Web sites to providing a platform for internal and external communication amongst employees and customers, and when these areas of the business aren’t functional real problems can occur.
Companies may go to any lengths to build a strong core of customer relations representatives but if they don’t monitor the health of their computer network system they will almost assuredly suffer the consequences. For this reason it is important to recognize the dangers that could befall the network.
One such danger is the computer disease known as fragmentation. While it might not be as well known as other computer problems there is probably no greater danger to a network’s speed than this disease.
Fragmentation will methodically slow the operability of the network system to such a point that the system eventually crashes due to its inability to carry out simple functions. This slowdown is brought on due to the very nature in which a hard drive is designed. This is because a hard drive is made to save and store files in a contiguous manner and because of this once a file is saved and stored there is no room for that file to be modified.
When these saved files are recalled and modified the hard drive is unable to store the file in the same space so it cuts the excess information and stores it in the next available space. This is now a fragmented file. There is no limit to how many pieces a single file can be fragmented in to so the hard drive can quickly become overrun with these dangerous files.
These files slow the speed of the computer because each time a file is recalled the hard drive is forced to search for all the pieces that comprise that single file, turning a simple request into a lengthy delay.
Delays are often noticeable and occur whenever you boot up the system, load pages and applications, browse the Internet or try to access and send email. Left untreated these delays continue to get worse until the hard drive crashes under the pressure and causes all the files that had been saved to become lost.
As dangerous as fragmentation is to a company’s computer network system the solution is almost unbelievably simple. By installing defragmentation software on the network a company can effectively protect itself from any crash related to fragmentation. Once installed defrag will scan the network for fragmented files and quickly repair the damaged files by joining the pieces that belong together and saves them in one place.
This action not only repairs the files but restores the hard drive’s health because it is no loner feeling the burden of taxing searches. A truly beneficial feature of defragmentation software is its ability to consistently monitor the hard drive for fragmented files, ensuring there are no reoccurrences.
By protecting the computer network system from fragmentation a company can quickly and efficiently handle the tasks that their customers and clients have come to expect.