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The Condusiv blog shares insight into the issues surrounding system and application performance—and how I/O optimization software is breaking new ground in solving those issues.

SSDs and Defrag

by Alex Klein 3. August 2012 06:32

We recently responded to a forum post on our YouTube channel regarding SSDs and Defragmentation - you can view the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hznCSqb4Mzg


Below are some "before and after" graphs that provide proof that fragmentation affects SSDs:

 

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Defrag | Diskeeper | SSD, Solid State, Flash | Windows 7

Don’t Risk Leaving Your Data Protection Plan To Luck Of The Draw

by Alex Klein 2. July 2012 09:34
It’s been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This proverb especially holds true when it comes to a company’s data protection strategy. Without the right tools in place, it can cost money, time – or even much more.

Circulating across the Internet lately have been many data loss horror stories, including one about a little film called Toy Story 2. With a production budget of $90 million, the film generated near $500 million dollars at the box office and is hailed as one of the most successful animated films of all time. In its early stages however, something went terribly wrong that almost stopped production in its tracks permanently.

According to Oren Jacob, former Chief Technical Officer for Pixar (Associate Technical Director for Toy Story 2 at the time), someone accidentally ran a command on the drive that contained all of the movie files – effectively DELETING most of them. On top of this, it was found that backups had failed for the past month or so – eliminating the possibility of using this data recovery method to put the pieces back together. The collective work of many people over a span of a year was deleted in a matter of seconds - can you imagine? Fortunately, in the end Pixar was able to restore the film’s data by a chance circumstance (watch the clip below to get the details), but the lesson learned here is obvious.

For example, let’s take a genuine moment to consider a current project at your company. Take into account the entire creative process, manpower and cost involved. Go ahead – I’ll wait. Okay, got it? Now picture all that work gone – documents, graphics, everything – truly GONE. What would you do? In one way or another, businesses today can’t risk the need to answer such questions. Instead, a solid data protection plan must be put in place to prevent these types of situations from happening in the first place.

This data protection plan starts with a proper backup solution, but definitely shouldn’t end there. With typical backup routines taking place once daily, huge gaps of time are left vulnerable during the workday where disaster can strike. Software such Condusiv’s Undelete® fills in those gaps and provides real time protection for servers and workstations across your network; allowing for instant data recovery regardless of how files were deleted – even in virtual environments.

"Our entire commissions’ database was saved by the Undelete program. We would have lost a week of commissions (over 2000 records easily). We are very grateful...” -Frank Broggi, Technical Manager, World Travel, Inc.

Hollywood blockbusters require a substantial monetary investment and can sometimes take years to complete production. For them, lack of complete data protection is not an option – is it for you?


Are there “holes” in your company’s data protection plan? Get Undelete and be the company hero – Woody would be proud.

The New Age of Application and Storage Performance Software Is Here

by Alex Klein 5. June 2012 03:50

Condusiv Technologies announced today worldwide availability of the next generation in application and storage performance software – Diskeeper 12. Condusiv has long been a leader in data performance solutions for millions of Windows®-based systems for over 30 years. From boosting application performance to extending hardware life and reducing IT traffic, Condusiv offerings ensure massive benefits on Windows servers, workstations and laptops. The latest release in this category is no exception.

Whether you’re running Windows XP or Windows 7, using SSD hard drives or accessing SANs, traditional approaches to defragmentation just aren’t going to cut it anymore. You have to take a new approach - you have to be proactive and you have to be automatic. Simply put – you need Diskeeper 12

“Condusiv Technologies Corporation, winner six times in a row, is unrelenting in its dominance of this category.” – 2011 Reader’s Choice Award: Best Disk Defragmentation and Drive Monitoring Tool, Redmond Magazine

When files are created, deleted, or modified, they can be broken up and scattered around a volume instead of written in one place. This makes retrieving information like trying to read a book whose pages are out of order, and it can quickly overwork the operating system and storage devices.

The best cure for a problem is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Diskeeper 12 prevents fragmentation at the Windows level, allowing an application and storage system to write or read at peak performance – with one contiguous access – improving drive performance while extending the drive’s useful life.

All editions of Diskeeper 12 feature the breakthrough IntelliWrite® technology, which prevents the vast majority (up to 85% or more) of fragmentation from ever occurring.

InvisiTasking® technology has been redesigned in Diskeeper 12 to be more assertive in I/O active environments while still maintaining invisible processing. The enhancements will allow Diskeeper to accomplish more defragmentation and resolve it faster (e.g., Instant Defrag™), during typical production workloads.

In addition, Diskeeper 12 adds a host of new features:

-          HyperBoot®New

o   HyperBoot technology has been incorporated into Diskeeper to improve system boot time.

-          CogniSAN™New

o   Technology that detects external resource usage within a shared storage system, such as a SAN, and allows for transparent optimization by never competing for resources utilized by other systems over the same storage infrastructure without intruding in any way into SAN-layer operations. (Server editions only)

-          Disk HealthNew

o   This feature monitors hard disk for S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) data to generate alerts and provides a disk health report, warns of critical problems or an imminent disk failure, generates by email.

-          System MonitoringNew

o   System Monitoring collects system environment activity and provides reporting on key elements. This includes statistical data about system I/O usage, disk state, and Diskeeper effectiveness. The option to send data for analysis at Condusiv Technologies also exists, providing a summary of the statistical data gathered for system performance monitoring purposes.

-          Space Reclamation engineNew

o   Allows the user to manually or automatically zero out unused space from thin provisioned volumes on SAN and disk array storage.

-          Enhanced HyperFast® with TRIM

o   A solid state drive optimizer is a proven optimizing technology for Solid State Drives (SSDs), providing faster performance and longer lifespan.

-          Titan Defrag Engine™ technology

o   The most powerful defrag engine ever built. Designed to meet ever growing storage demands on servers, Titan defragments volumes with massive amounts of data rapidly and thoroughly. Titan is included in the Server edition.

-          Terabyte Volume Engine® technology

o   Rapidly defragments multi-terabyte volumes. This engine, included in the Diskeeper 12 Professional edition, addresses the need to keep these systems running at top speed as the storage capacity of desktop systems increases.

 

Figure 1 A glimpse of the new look and feel in Diskeeper.

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The Secret to Optimizing the Big Virtual Data Explosion

by Alex Klein 29. May 2012 09:21
In today’s day and age, many SMBs and enterprise-level businesses are “taking to the skies” with cloud computing. These companies realize that working in the cloud comes with many benefits – including reduced cost of in-house hardware, ease of implementation and seamless scalability. However, as you will read on and discover - performance-impacting file fragmentation and the need for defragmentation still exists and is actually amplified in these environments. Based on these factors, it must now be addressed with a two-fold proactive and preventative solution.

Let’s face it – we generate a tremendous amount of data and it’s only the beginning. In fact, findings included in a recent study by IDC titled “Extracting Value from Chaos” predict that in the next ten years we will create 50 times more information and 75 times more files. Now regardless of destination, most of this data is generated on Windows-based computers, which are known to fragment files. Therefore, when files are manipulated they become fragmented before even reaching the cloud. This occurs because as they are worked with, they get broken up into various pieces and scattered to numerous locations across the hard disk. The result is increased time necessary to access these files and affects system performance.

So how does the above scenario affect the big picture? To understand this, let’s take a closer look at your cloud environment. Your data, and in many cases, much of your infrastructure, has “gone virtual”. Users are able to access applications and work with their data basically anywhere in the world. In such an atmosphere, where the amount of RAM and CPU power available is dramatically increased and files are no longer stored locally, how can the need for defragmentation still be an issue?

Well, what do you think happens when all this fragmented data comes together? The answer is an alarming amount of fragmented Big Data that’s now sitting on the hard drives of your cloud solution. This causes bottlenecks that can severely impact your mission-critical applications due to the large-scale unnecessary I/O cycles needed to process the broken up information.

At the end of the day, traditional approaches to defragmentation just aren’t going to cut it anymore and it’s going take the latest software technology implemented on both sides of the cloud to get these issues resolved. It starts with software, such as Diskeeper 12, installed on every local workstation and server, to prevent fragmentation at its core. Added to this is deploying V-locity software across your virtualized network. This one-two punch defragmentation software solution addresses I/O performance concerns, optimizes productivity and will push cloud computing further than you ever thought possible. In these exciting times of emerging new technologies, Cloud computing can send your business soaring or keep it grounded - the choice is up to you.

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Big Data | Cloud | Defrag | Diskeeper | virtualization | V-Locity

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM OUR CEO: DISKEEPER IS NOW CONDUSIV

by Jerry Baldwin 5. March 2012 04:13

Dear Diskeeper customers and friends,

Shortly after being appointed CEO of Diskeeper, in September 2011, I realized that I had inherited a very talented team with deep engineering expertise and a strong desire to develop thought-leading, high-performance software and products that would have extremely positive and measurable impact on our customers’ business.

We are a very different organization today than we were when the company was founded in 1981. Adopting a new name and brand identity is the logical next step in our growth strategy. As a result, we will cease operating under the name Diskeeper Corporation on March 4, 2012.

Going forward, Diskeeper Corporation will be known as Condusiv Technologies. The name change follows 31 years of successful business, but with a new mission to connect customers and partners, technology and people with the benefits of optimized efficient growth, fast thinking and change.

Condusiv expresses what we have become as an organization as well as what we hope to be — a highly focused company that transcends the boundaries of traditional solutions with innovative products that dramatically improve productivity.

We also want to take this time to introduce Undelete®10, the new release of our real-time file-protection product with Instant Recovery. We will also be launching an aggressive global rebranding campaign to reinforce our mission and introduce our new brand to the public at large.

I want to thank you for your business and loyalty. Every one of us at Condusiv looks forward to doing all that we can do to help you and your business improve and succeed.

Sincerely,

Jerry Baldwin

CEO, Condusiv Technologies

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