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Diskeeper Affiliate Program

by Michael 23. May 2006 19:50
Our affiliate program is an excellent way for people to make money by recommending Diskeeper on their website. We currently have over a hundred affiliates which recommend Diskeeper on their website. When someone you recommend purchases Diskeeper you get a 10% commission. You can apply to join our Affiliate Program here. After you are accepted in our program, our Affiliates Portal provides simple instructions, graphics and box shots to get you started making money. -Paul

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Defragmenting databases

by Michael 17. May 2006 19:57
In order to squeeze optimal performance out of a database, there are two "layers" that need defragmentation; the database file(s) themselves, and the internal records/indexes within those files. Diskeeper, of course safely and automatically defragments files and free space (yes even live databases). Advanced Diskeeper features like I/O Smart ensure that defragmentation can occur during production without impact to the system. Diskeeper does not offer, nor perform, internal file defragmentation. I've authored several white papers that discuss the internal defragmentation/compaction tools Microsoft offers with their Exchange and SQL products. It is those tools, development by the application vendors, that have the understanding required to address internal fragmentation. You can read up on those white papers in the Knowledge Center. The problem with these free provided tools is they are cumbersome to use and integrate with IT operations. Fortunately there are vendors that have dramatically improved upon the basic scripting tools and offer powerful features so you can avoid the long and often complex coding normally required to operate them. I'd like to introduce you to a couple of great products I'm familiar with and personally recommend.

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Learn more about virtualization...

by Michael 9. May 2006 15:01
We recently released a new white paper on Virtualization and Disk Performance. For anyone interested in reading it, visit our Knowledge Center - there is a link on the left of this page to take you there. If you want to learn more about how virtualization works I recommend the video on Microsoft's MSDN site (link below). It's an hour long, but well worth it. http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=163022

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Virtual Server Defrag Heating Up

by Helpdesk 20. April 2006 16:47
Virtual server defragmentation is getting even more attention with the media coverage of our recent partnership initiative with Microsoft. In case anybody missed it, Microsoft's recent announcement mentioned us as one of their key partners involved in pushing forward virtualization technology. See articles in Redmond Magazine, InformationWeek, and CRN. Many IT professionals are currently using Diskeeper to defragment Virtual Server 2005 and VMWare with much success, however there is still work to be done to ensure that the most thorough defragmentation job can be achieved on the host and virtual levels. These technical challenges are why Microsoft has tapped us yet again to push forward defragmentation technology on the Windows platform. Server virtualization has the effect of making the mechanical disk drive an even bigger bottleneck. As I've said before on this blog, automatic defragmentation should play a key part in your virtualization strategy. —Paul

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Yet even more on Free Space Defrag....

by Michael 11. April 2006 15:35
As I suggested in an earlier blog, we have had a handful of comments on Paul's free space blogs. Given the comments, and the relative ambiguity of this whole discussion, I feel I need to clarify Diskeeper's viewpoints on the matter a bit further. I apologize in advance if this blog seems to originate from the Department of Redundancy Redundancy. Also, I apparently have some as yet undiagnosed affliction that causes me to be exceedingly long-winded. I seem to suffer from the inability to write anything less than a novel about any subject; so a second apology for the blog length. To business... Is it possible that some comments originated from Diskeeper Corporation that said free space consolidation is not important, or did not grant it the proper value? Sure it's possible. Personally I have not seen them, but that might just be me, or I may interpret them differently. What I would argue against is the misuse of a comment: i.e. where a statement is taken out of perspective (a frequent topic of late). A case in point would be misinterpreting Microsoft saying free space defragmentation is important, to meaning that free space needs to be "all in one pool". Microsoft correctly, even if with some ambiguity, values free space consolidation and states in the apparently somewhat disputed report that "Ideally, this space would be available in a few contiguous portions of the disk." So exactly how many is "a few" - that is up for debate and personal interpretation. Yes, one could interpret this to say the best application of "a few" is equal to "one". However, Microsoft does not implicitly say "one".

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