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Diskeeper Corporation to Exhibit V-locity 2.0 Virtual Platform Disk Optimizer at Interop New York 2010

by Colleen Toumayan 20. October 2010 04:50

Diskeeper Corporation, innovators in performance and reliability technologies®, today announced that it is going to be presenting its V-locity™ 2.0 virtual platform disk optimizer solution at Interop New York 2010.  

Location: Interop New York 2010

Date:  October 20th and 21st, 2010

Booth: 725

Venue: Javits Convention Center, New York, New York 

Key to seminars and discussions at Interop New York will be Virtualization. Virtualization is being rapidly adopted because it can lower the cost and increase the flexibility of IT infrastructure.  A new white paper, The Importance of Defragmentation in Virtual Environments, co-authored by Osterman Research and Diskeeper Corporation, demonstrates that virtual environments require defragmenting even more than physical environments. This is due to the fact that virtual environments support multiple operating systems and create a higher intensity of disk activity.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101020006635/en

V-locity support for ESXi, Xen, Oracle and more

by Michael 4. October 2010 09:09

Early in 2011 we'll have a new release of V-locity that will enhance support for virtualization platforms, including those from Citrix, Oracle, and more. While V-locity 2.0 is in use on Windows guests running on these platforms today (and we do recommend it over using Diskeeper), this release will also provide our revolutionary InvisiTasking technology to ensure invisible optimization of guest disk I/O traffic without the need to schedule maintenance tasks.

If you are interested in field testing, we expect to begin in the next couple of months.

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New White Paper Urges Defrag for Virtual Environments

by Colleen Toumayan 27. September 2010 09:27

A new white paper, The Importance of Defragmentation in Virtual Environments, co-authored by Osterman Research and Diskeeper Corporation, demonstrates that virtual environments require defragmenting even more than physical environments. This is due to the fact that virtual environments support multiple operating systems and create a higher intensity of disk activity. 

“The need for defragmentation is even more acute in virtual environments,” the white paper states. “This is because physical hardware in a virtualized storage environment must support more operating systems and so can undergo even more disk access and more stress than in a non-virtualized environment. Further, disk I/O in one virtual machine has a cascading effect on disk I/O in other virtual machines, and so the problem of excessive disk I/O in virtual machines is, in fact, even worse than what would be experienced in a physical disk environment.” 

The white paper indicates that fragmentation, which reduces system performance in a physical storage infrastructure, can even create more of a performance loss in a virtual storage infrastructure. Virtual disks can become fragmented over time just like the physical disk or disks on which they reside. The result is a fragmented virtual disk on a fragmented physical disk—or fragmentation within fragmentation.  This data is especially important in light of the rapid growth of virtual environments. Organizations are particularly interested in virtualization due to its many benefits, which include reduced hardware costs, ease of adding additional capacity to existing infrastructure, ease of administration and maintenance, and simplified migration from one server to another.  Because of the complexity of I/O traffic in virtual environments, simple defragmentation is not enough to fully address the fragmentation issue. For that reason, Diskeeper Corporation has developed new technology for virtual environments, found in their V-locity™ 2.0 virtual platform disk optimizer. A recent product release for VMware and Hyper-V, V-locity 2.0 is the first optimizer that truly eliminates the barriers to full virtual efficiency. V-locity 2.0  employs IntelliWrite™ and InvisiTasking® technologies to both prevent a majority of fragmentation in the first place and to efficiently coordinate VM resources when defrag is running invisibly in the background. The complete white paper is located here.

Diskeeper Corporation at Interop New York

by Colleen Toumayan 27. September 2010 09:11

Diskeeper Corporation is glad to announce exhibiting at the upcoming Interop New York show, "The Leading Business Technology Event"

The show is October 20th and 21st at the Javits Center.  Come by and see us at booth 725. We will have free trialware of Diskeeper 2010 performance software, V-locity 2.0 virtual platform disk optimizer, and Undelete 2009 real time data protection software.

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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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