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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.

New! Diskeeper 16 Guarantees “Faster than New” Performance for Physical Servers and PCs

by Brian Morin 26. September 2016 09:56

The world’s most popular defragmentation software for physical servers and PCs makes “defrag” a thing of the past and delivers “faster than new” performance by dynamically caching hot reads with idle DRAM.  As a result, Diskeeper® 16 guarantees to solve the toughest application performance issues on physical servers like MS-SQL and guarantees to fix sluggish PCs with faster than new performance or your money back for 90 days – no questions asked.

The market is still catching up to the fact that Diskeeper’s newest patented engine no longer “defrags” but rather proactively eliminates fragmentation with large, sequential writes from Windows to underlying HDDs, SSDs, and SAN storage systems. This eliminates the “death by a thousand cuts” scenario of small, tiny writes and reads that inflates I/Os per second, robs throughput, and shortens the lifespan of HDDs and SSDs alike. However, the biggest new announcement has to do with the addition of DRAM caching – putting idle DRAM to good use by serving hot reads without memory contention or resource starvation.

“Diskeeper 16 with DRAM caching served over 50% of my reads from DRAM and eliminated over 30% of write traffic by preventing fragmentation. Now everything is more responsive!” - David Bruce, Managing Partner, David Bruce & Associates

“Diskeeper 16 with DRAM caching doubled our throughput, so we could backup in half the time.  Our Dell Rapid Recovery backup server is running smoother than ever.” - Curtis Jackson, Network Admin, School City of Hammond

“WOW! Watch it go! I have 44GB of memory in the physical server and Diskeeper is using around 20GB of it to cache!! I can’t imagine having a server without it! Diskeeper 16 is a vastly improved version of Diskeeper!” - Andy Vabulas, Vabulas Enterprises

“Our Symantec app running on a physical server has been notoriously slow for as long as I can remember, but since adding Diskeeper 16 it has improved significantly.” Josh Currier, Network Infrastructure Manager, Munters Corporation

 “With Diskeeper 16 I can tell my workstation is more responsive with no lag or any type of hesitation. Truly SMART Technology.” - William Krasulak, Systems/Network Admin, Nacci Printing, Inc.

“Our most I/O intensive applications on physical servers needed some help, so we installed Diskeeper 16 with DRAM caching and were amazed by the performance boost!” - Victor Grandmaiter, IT Director, Fort Bend Central Appraisal District

“Diskeeper eliminated 32% of my write traffic by preventing fragmentation and cached 64% of my read traffic within idle memory. This saved my workstation over 20 hours in I/O time after 24 days of testing!” - Lou Goodreau, IT Manager, New England Fishery

“Installed Diskeeper 16 on our worst performing physical servers running ERP with a SQL database and saw an immediate 50% boost!" - Hamid Bouhassoune, Systems Engineer, Global Skincare Company

A top New York clothing brand tried Diskeeper 16 with DRAM caching on their physical servers and saw backup times with Veeam and Backup Exec drop by more than half!

Before Diskeeper Install:

8/7, 10GB, 14MB/s, 1:38

8/8, 11 GB, 13MB/s, 1:54

After Diskeeper Install:

          8/12, 13GB, 21MB/s, 1:30

        8/13, 14GB, 30MB/s, 0:58

        8/14, 13GB, 33MB/s, 0:55

        8/15, 11GB, 36MB/s, 0:44

        8/19, 17GB, 30MB/s, 1:06

 

A Large Illinois Non-Profit tested Diskeeper 16 with DRAM caching on Windows 2012R2 physical servers running CRM and accounting software with a MS-SQL backend. Note – these improvements were almost exclusively from Diskeeper 16’s write optimization engine since idle memory was not available to initiate the new caching engine.

 

See a screenshot of the new dashboard reporting that shows “time saved” from using Diskeeper 16 to eliminate fragmentation and cache reads with idle DRAM.

 

Try Diskeeper 16 with DRAM caching for 30-days -> 

 

 

 

Big News! Diskeeper Corporation and SanDisk Enter Into Strategic Partnership

by Damian 21. February 2012 07:56

Diskeeper Corporation is pleased to announce that we have recently entered into a worldwide, exclusive agreement with SanDisk. SanDisk will license Diskeeper's industry-leading caching software solutions for solid state disk drives (SSDs). SanDisk will provide these solutions both as standalone software products as well as bundled with SanDisk's SSD products for client computing applications.

Here's what Diskeeper's CEO had to say: "We see our alliance with SanDisk as a critical driver to accelerate adoption of SSD computing applications. The exceptional performance and endurance of SanDisk's SSDs paired with Diskeeper's ExpressCache and NowOn products offer consumer OEM customers industry-leading performance optimization for Ultrabooks and other computer platforms."

Check out the full article from the NY Times here.

 

ExpressCache at CompuTex Taipei

by Colleen Toumayan 31. May 2011 09:44

New Intelligent SSD Caching Dramatically Speeds Boot and Application Launch Times

COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011

TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Diskeeper Corporation will be at Taipei CompuTex 2011 co-exhibiting with SanDisk at booth N0307 in the Nangang 4F Hall. The company is officially demonstrating its new ExpressCache™ product—an intelligent SSD data caching and pinning software solution designed to markedly boost PC boot time and application launch speeds.

ExpressCache can achieve the following:

  • Dramatically shorten boot-up time; up to 60% compared with the same system without ExpressCache.
  • Provide up to 5X improvement in application launch time.
  • More than double the overall performance compared to the same system without ExpressCache.

Initially previewed at the January 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, ExpressCache improves PC speeds by incorporating a small Solid State Drive (SSD) to provide near-instantaneous access to the most frequently accessed hot data in Windows 7 systems. Comprised of User mode and Kernel Mode components, ExpressCache uses an SSD as an intelligent cache, coupled with an HDD, to improve overall system performance and greatly speed up Windows PC startup, application launches and data access speed.

More ExpressCache Benefits:

  • ExpressCache provides superior overall performance than HDD systems at a fraction of the cost of a pure SSD system.
  • Any combination of SSD and HDD can be used, making it a far more flexible solution than Hybrid Hard Drives. Individual components can be upgraded independent of the other.
  • ExpressCache increases file system performance while maintaining the full safety and integrity of all system data.

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Press Release | SSD, Solid State, Flash

Just Released: V-locity 2.0!

by Colleen Toumayan 20. July 2010 06:12
BURBANK, CA -- 07/20/10 -- Diskeeper Corporation has officially shipped V-locity™ 2.0, a new virtual platform disk optimizer designed to deliver invisible background optimization of all Windows® Guest operating systems running on the VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V platforms. New to V-locity 2.0, is the addition of the breakthrough IntelliWrite™ fragmentation prevention technology originally introduced with Diskeeper 2010. Utilizing IntelliWrite technology, V-locity writes files to the disk to prevent up to 85 percent of fragmentation from occurring before it even happens.

Already a VMware and Microsoft partner for its Diskeeper® performance software, V-locity was made to create a virtual-specific product that not only performs defragmentation functions, but also synchronizes the complex and ongoing activity between host and multiple guest operating systems in a virtualized environment.

As virtualization platforms begin to age, fragmentation of files in Windows host and guest operating systems generates more disk I/O than should be necessary. Fragmentation creates more overhead on the OS and file system. While CPU, Network, and memory resources may allow for greater VM density, the disk subsystem can become a virtualization "high" hurdle.

"Fragmentation clogged disk subsystems can lead to an inability to run more VMs on given hardware infrastructure, and lead to disk performance bottlenecks for VMs that share a common storage subsystem," notes Diskeeper Product Manager, Michael Materie. "V-locity is designed to alleviate the 'virtual' disk bottleneck for VMs and provide a faster and more efficient computing platform for new consolidation and provisioning initiatives, without having to add more hardware."

"First of all, when building out my environment I make sure to have fast hard drives, controllers, etc., in order to make sure not to suffer bottlenecks. In addition, I am very careful about not over-committing resources. However, I was shocked to see, after deploying V-locity, how much performance increased on the servers I had hosting disk-intensive operations. This includes our database server, our Exchange server, and to a certain extent, two terminal servers," stated Bill Philpot Manager of Information Technology at Mesa Industries, Inc.

Diskeeper Corporation's proprietary technology, IntelliWrite writes files in a non-fragmented condition. Copy on write solutions (e.g. as used by Snapshots) take action on changes to data at a block level. Moving data, as is done in a defragmentation job to consolidate file fragments in a logical file system, can trigger copy on write solutions to take extra actions such as using more storage capacity, unnecessarily. Writing a file contiguously eliminates the need to defragment it after it has been created.

InvisiTasking® technology, another Diskeeper Corporation proprietary technology, is specifically engineered to allow "background" applications to operate with zero impact/overhead on a system. With V-locity 2, the InvisiTasking technology has been "enlightened" to operate across a virtual platform. Even as more VMs are added to a host platform or dynamically migrated to new hosts (e.g. vMotion, Live Migration), the enlightened InvisiTasking will continue to dynamically adjust to changing environments, providing V-locity 2.0 users with "Set It and Forget It" ® optimization of their virtual disk platforms.

V-locity also frees up vital storage resources by eliminating virtual disk "bloat." This is the wasted disk space that takes place when virtual disks are set to dynamically grow but don't then shrink when users or applications remove data. V-locity actually compacts the virtual disk, thereby preventing waste and allowing IT Managers to better allocate their virtual storage resources.

V-locity has four unique solution sets:

  • InvisiTasking - coordinates resource usage to ensure defrag is 100% invisible

  • IntelliWrite - prevent fragmentation and offer 100% compatibility in all environments

  • Virtual Disk Intelligence - automatically detects and configures based on virtual disk type

  • Virtual Disk Compaction - shrinks/compacts virtual disks that are set to grow-as-needed

V-locity consists of three components:

  • V-locity Host installed in the VMware ESX Host or Windows Server 2008/R2 operating system running Hyper-V.

  • V-locity Guest installed in all Windows virtual machines.

  • For VMware ESX platforms: V-locity includes a small application that allows you to remotely connect from your Windows desktop to the V-locity Host component on an ESX system.

Note: On Windows platforms, each component will optimize its respective OS; performing defragmentation of files and consolidation of free space. This minimizes unnecessary I/O passed from the OS to the disk subsystem and aligns data on the drives for optimal access.

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Press Release | virtualization | V-Locity

Diskeeper Corporation Celebrates Its 30th Year With Industry Firsts By Offering Savings of Up to 30 Percent

by Colleen Toumayan 17. June 2010 10:30

Solution Helps Organizations Increase Performance, Lengthen Equipment Lifecycles, Enhance Efficiency and Reduce Energy Usage 

Diskeeper Corporation, innovators in performance and reliability technologies, today announced that it is commemorating  its 30th year of pioneering breakthrough technologies with more than a dozen industry firsts by offering discounts of up to 30 percent on all Diskeeper Corporation volume licenses.  

Company Highlights: 
  • With more than 38 million licenses sold Diskeeper Corporation supports customers worldwide including more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 enterprises, and nearly 70 percent of the Forbes Global 1000, as well as thousands of enterprises, government agencies, independent software vendors (ISVs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
 
  • CIOs, IT Managers and System Administrators around the world rely on Diskeeper ® performance software to increase computing speeds, reduce system freezes and crashes, improve backup times, lower resource usage, protect data and shorten boot times.
 
  • Every day, Diskeeper Corporation solutions prevent more than 12.5 billion fragments from thrashing hard drives, providing unparalleled performance and reliability for laptops, desktops and servers.
 
  • Diskeeper Corporation’s industry first Undelete® real time data protection solution saves organizations tremendous amounts of time and money by guarding against intentional and unintentional data loss, protecting all deleted files and allowing instant file recovery with just a few mouse clicks.
 Industry Firsts: 
  • 1986: Diskeeper performance software released as the first online automatic defragmenter, which quickly became the best-selling third-party product for OpenVMS operating systems.
  • 1995: Diskeeper is the first defragmenter solution certified for Microsoft Windows, starting a long-running verification process that maintains code reliability.
  • 1995: Diskeeper Corporation partners with Microsoft and co-created APIs that were released with NT 4.0 in 1996.
  • 1998 Network Undelete 1.0 unveiled as the first complete real-time file protection technology for Windows servers.
  • 2003: Diskeeper 8.0 is introduced as a breakthrough approach to help optimize terabyte-sized drives with Terabyte Volume Engine™ technology.
  • 2005: I-FAAST® intelligent file access acceleration sequencing technology introduced that accelerates access to most used files.
  • 2006: InvisiTasking® technology revolutionizes background processing with zero overhead.
  • 2008: Diskeeper releases HyperFast® solid state drive optimizer for PCs.
  • 2009: Diskeeper Corporation introduces V-locity™ virtual platform disk optimizer.
  • 2009: Diskeeper Corporation releases IntelliWriteÔ technology, the first fragmentation prevention technology.
  • 2010: The release of HyperBoot™ boot-time optimization software, which accelerates full computer start up and boots a PC directly into Windows.
  

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Defrag | Diskeeper | Press Release | SSD, Solid State, Flash

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