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The Burton Group on Fragmentation and Virtualization

by Michael 23. August 2007 14:26
The Burton Group is one of IT's leading analyst firms. They research IT architecture, infrastructure, governance, new technologies and other IT-relevant strategies and create detailed advisory reports. In a recent free report, the Burton Group covered the popular topic of Server Virtualization. In a particular section they covered disk performance and correctly granted that subject significant importance. Here are some quotes from the paper: "Over time, the fragmentation will continually degrade performance of the virtual disk." "File writes and deletions will fragment a virtual hard disk, like any physical hard disk, over time. Running scheduled disk defragmentation operations at periodic intervals or using a disk defragmenter application that defragments disks in real time is the best approach to prevent fragmentation-related disk performance degradation." Of course Diskeeper Corp strongly recommends the real-time approach as the most effective and modern method for solving fragmentation. You can sign up to access Burton Group's free papers including the one mentioned above here.

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Are you interested in testing software?

by Michael 21. August 2007 19:27
We're looking for a few good software testers. At this time, we are specifically looking for IT professionals who manage 20 or more computers, and can test Diskeeper Corporation software in production environments (or lab replications of production environments). If you meet this criteria please email our Quality Control group at qtesting@diskeeper.com and let them know you are interested. We may expand our test group to include home users next month. If we do, I'll provide a new specific contact email address here in the blog.

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Diskeeper HomeServer - our plans

by Michael 20. August 2007 19:04
We've been receiving strong interest in Diskeeper for the new Windows Home Server (WHS) platform. One of the questions we are regularly asked is "how much will Diskeeper cost?" Given that our current Server edition (which already works on WHS) goes for $299, that's a fair question. We certainly recognize that that price is high for a consumer, and you will find that when we release our official version, the price will be far more attractive. The current plans are that we will have Diskeeper HomeServer available for small and mid-size OEMs in the next week or two. It is already available for the major OEMs signed up with Microsoft to deliver Home Server boxes. When WHS hits the streets, Diskeeper HomeServer will also be available for users to buy. Expect to see it available on the Diskeeper online store, Windows Marketplace and other online resellers. The current WHS release date (as much as Microsoft will divulge) indicates that you should be able to get your hands on one in early October. Because WHS is a full package of hardware and software, the final release date is contingent on the readiness of the major hardware vendors producing WHS computers. Several of our developers and I have been experimenting with WHS and we love it. If you have 3 or more PCs in your home, this product is definitely worth checking out!

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CNET upgrades to Diskeeper 2007

by Michael 14. August 2007 16:30
CNET Labs is one of the leading independent reviewers of technology. As is important in any scientific test, CNET needed to eliminate variables that could skew comparisons of computer systems, and addressing fragmentation was a key consideration for them. They know that a fragmented desktop or laptop will perform worse than a defragmented one, potentially invalidating a test. You can view the process methodology for desktops and laptops. Earlier this year I had a long conversation with the Director of their test labs, and while I can't disclose the nature of their evaluation of various defragmentation programs, their product needs are similar to what your defrag software requirements would be. CNET Labs has been a member of the Diskeeper family for years, and we are certainly pleased to support their upgrade to Diskeeper 2007!

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Why Cornerstone Bank Choose Diskeeper To Maintain Their Computer Systems

by Michael 3. August 2007 16:05
The Let's Talk Computers radio show interviewed Jason Amick, Network Administrator for Cornerstone Bank of York, Nebraska. The conversation starts out with a description of their IT infrastructure and explores why and how they implemented Diskeeper. It concludes with details on the benefits Cornerstone has realized. You can listen to it here. The transcript can be read here.

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