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No more delays in business critical ERP apps

by Colleen Toumayan 12. August 2009 05:47
Great customer success:

“Diskeeper is vital; it helps our business with what we consider preventative maintenance.  We also feel that this software keeps our server and our server apps running smoothly and efficiently as we have 50 users who require simultaneous access to our data for operation of our facilities.  I run Diskeeper on my primary ERP server which is our business critical application.  We saw within the first day, that previous delays in processing data had decreased.  Our current ERP, called Eagle, was installed and implemented about 2.5 years ago and is made by a company called DMS (now owned by AFS).  This server is one of four we run Diskeeper on.  Since we are food warehousing company, we chose an application that was built specifically for our industry.  Also as we are a company that ships and processes orders 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, being able to run at optimal performance is always crucial for us. “  

Jamison Moklak

Information Technology

Julius Silvert, Philadelphia, PA    

 

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Most Annoying Industry Buzzwords

by Derek 7. August 2009 08:35

On a humorous note: I just returned from CompTIA’s Breakaway Conference in Vegas (Computing Technical Industry Association). While there, they published the results of a membership survey question which asked, “What is the most annoying industry buzzword?

The results were as follows:

1.       Value prop

2.       Paradigm shift

I would be amazed to see what would come up if they asked for the most annoying acronyms! Any takers?

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the times they are a changin'

by Michael 6. August 2009 10:12

Here is a sample screenshot from an upcoming new Diskeeper release:

This graph works like the InvisiTasking graph (updates a measurement every second), but I can't tell you what it's measuring just yet (had to scratch that part out).

You won't have to wait much longer though...

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Determining If You Need To Perform a Boot-Time Defragmentation

by Mark 5. August 2009 11:20

When installing Diskeeper, many users will schedule a boot-time defragmentation immediately after running the product. Even though a boot-time fragmentation is safe, in many instances, this is not necessary and a boot-time defragmentation will require the computer to be restarted to complete the process.  A user should first determine if performing a boot-time defragmentation is necessary. (A person would not go to the car dealer to get an oil change if the oil in his car was changed yesterday.)

It is recommended to perform a boot-time defragmentation if the paging file or Master File Table (MFT ) becomes highly fragmented.  Information on the fragmentation of the paging file and MFT can be found in the Diskeeper Job Report.

If the number of fragments of the paging file and MFT are 5 or less, there is no need to perform a boot-time defragmentation. Please note that it is recommended to run Diskeeper in automatic mode. When Diskeeper is run in automatic mode, Diskeeper incorporates a technology called Frag Shield which helps keep your MFT and paging files from becoming fragmented in the future .

By: Mark Harrer, Systems Engineer

 

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The Insider Skinny: Hyper-V Takes On VMware

by Derek 30. July 2009 08:34

I'm fresh back from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. This is the annual pilgrimage of 9,000 partners from around the world who come to find out about the latest Microsoft technologies. Obviously, Windows 7 was a highlight. But what struck me most was the amount of time devoted to virtualization, and especially VMware. Here are a few highlights:      Per Kevin Turner (Microsoft’s COO), VMware has changed their licensing scheme. Besides being very expensive, it’s not an easy upgrade path. So Microsoft will leverage this to their advantage—especially on price point—since one can get Hyper-V for free with Server 2008.  People have said that Hyper-V is too early in as a technology to decide on its being a viable alternative to VMware. Perhaps so. But 24 pts market share were taken from VMware with version 1.0 of Hyper-V alone. And now, Microsoft has Hyper-V R2 coming out with a new Live Migration feature to compete directly with VMware's core V-motion functionality.  Good enough to make one want to switch? I don’t know. But Microsoft has put a lot of thought into this. Check out their migration path: Using Microsoft’s new System Center console, one can run BOTH Hyper-V and VMware together. Microsoft views this as their “big differentiator” since VMware can't do the same.  This means with Hyper-V you will have the ease of having both products under "one pane of glass." So you don’t in fact need to give up your VMware if you wish to try both at once. Clever. 

Microsoft referred to this as "offering significant value at a fraction of the cost" (1/6th to be exact) and they showed the side by side pricing to prove it.  I am not really here to say this is right, wrong, good or bad—we deliver products for both platforms. But it does seem to me that the customer is the one who is coming out on top on this one. So it should be an interesting battle to watch.

[Derek De Vette is the VP Channel & Public Affairs] 

 

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