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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.
  

Tags:

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

Windows IT Pro Webinar - Should I defrag my SAN?

by Michael 4. May 2010 04:59

Later this month (Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 12:00pm Eastern / 9:00am Pacific), IT Analyst David Chernicoff and I will co-host a webinar covering the benefits and caveats of defragmenting SAN attached servers.

Here is the abstract: 

As storage technologies have become more advanced there is a tendency for storage administrators to believe that the hardware is handling all of their data maintenance needs, keeping their files optimized in the best possible way for top performance and availability. The reality is that hardware solutions alone aren't the most efficient way to keep your critical data stored in an optimal fashion. With this webinar we will give you the information you need to understand how your data is actually being handled and what you can do to improve the performance and optimization of your Windows Server storage.

You can register here: www.windowsitpro.com/go/seminars/diskeeper/windows_san 

We also have two webinars planned for June on the topic of virtualization. One jointly with Redmond Mag, and the other with Microsoft. I'll post registration links on this blog when they are available. Lastly, we'll have a reprise of the SSD webinar we did with Microsoft sometime in July - this time we'll host and Microsoft will be our guest.

Tags:

SAN | SSD, Solid State, Flash | virtualization

Do you still need HyperFast if you have TRIM?

by Michael 2. April 2010 11:24

Last month we were a guest on a Microsoft-hosted webinar covering Windows 7, TRIM, and the continuing need for HyperFast. The presentation focused on the most current releases of SSDs from many of the top SSD vendors (Asax, Apacer, Kingston, Micron and OCZ), who were kind enough to provide us with samples. The webinar discussed Windows 7 features to enhance SSDs, covered the benefits of SSD over HDD, and lastly discussed the performance loss due to file fragmentation. That presentation continues to be available for MS partners on the MS partner site.

In the next few months Diskeeper will re-host this presentation, this time with Microsoft as a guest. That webinar will be posted here on the Diskeeper website for everyone to view.

In the meantime, I've included some of the key slides for anyone interested. The tests present aggregate averages from all the SSDs tested, as the purpose was to show their value above HDD, and not as a comparison of one vendor's SSD versus another.  I also realize that there may be questions as to test scenario specifics, etc... Those details were covered in the presentation on Microsoft's site, and will be covered again when Diskeeper hosts the next presentation in a couple of months. So, if you'd like to get into more detail, go to the MS partner portal or stay tuned for the Diskeeper hosted syndication.

The presentation starts by showing that a typical modern SATA SSD (average from above named vendors) clearly outperforms a typical modern SATA HDD.

SSD versus HDD MB/Sec Transfer Rates:

Windows 7 has numerous improvements to accommodate SSDs:

And...

Fragmentation affects SSDs, and yes, even those with TRIM support. Various benchmarking tools and procedures were used to measure the affect of fragmentation on TRIMM'ed SSD performance. (note: TRIM can be initiated in Windows by actions such as emptying the Recycle Bin, but the SSD must also execute the command).

Fragmented SSD versus Optimized SSD test using ATTO Benchmark:

 Fragmented SSD versus Optimized SSD test using HDBench:

 

Fragmented SSD versus Optimized SSD test using PCMark05

Fragmented SSD versus Optimized SSD test using File Copy Test:

Using a specialized SSD optimizer such as HyperFast returns performance to like-new conditions:

In summary, if you want a top performing system, go get Windows 7 and one of those SSDs named above. Then add HyperFast to keep it that way.

Tags:

SSD, Solid State, Flash

SSD review

by Michael 28. February 2010 12:44

In anticipation of an upcoming presentation (March 10) from Microsoft promoting SSDs, and best practices for optimizing SSDs, is a HyperFast review by V3 (from last year). They tested HyperFast to see what benefit it would provide. Read it here

 

Tags:

SSD, Solid State, Flash

SSD Webinar coming next month:

by Michael 13. January 2010 04:47

I'll post more about this joint webinar (i.e. date/time, links) as we get closer to the date: 

Windows 7 and Solid State Drives: Performance Myths and Facts

Presented by Microsoft & Diskeeper Corp.

What are the benefits of SSDs, above and beyond traditional hard drives? What are the myths around performance? Do file and free space fragmentation affect SSDs? How accurate are available benchmarking tools? How can you successfully work SSDs into your current customer offerings?  Join technical engineers from Microsoft and Diskeeper Corporation for this informative webinar.”

Tags:

SSD, Solid State, Flash

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