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The Short- and Long-Term Savings From Defragmentation
BURBANK, CA–( EMWNews – April 1, 2008) – It’s a well-known fact that file fragmentation
seriously affects performance. The more files are broken up into fragments,
the worse the performance, to the point that system reliability can be
affected with hangs and even crashes. But many may not be aware of the cost
savings that defragmentation can
bring — both short- and long-term. Also, because many sites address
fragmentation with scheduled solutions, they may not be aware that, with
today’s computing environments, scheduled solutions are no longer providing
the performance benefits — and therefore the cost benefits — that they
once might have, and that more effective solutions are likely in order for
In the short term, defragmentation saves cost and provides ROI on key
elements such as IT hours and overtime spent on help desk calls due to slow
performance and reliability problems. It also cuts access time and reduces
the time per day every employee has to wait for data.
In the longer term, defragmentation is a step similar to that American
Airlines took years ago
— they saved $40,000 per year by removing one olive per salad served to
their First Class passengers. For a relatively small investment,
defragmentation trims costs by making the overall company far more
efficient through the system-wide performance optimization. Defragmentation
also lengthens the lives of hard drives, thereby reducing a corporation’s
yearly hardware budget.
In these scenarios, however, we are speaking of “defragmentation” in the
ideal; meaning, the defragmentation technology is performing effectively
and maximizing performance. Today, however, scheduled defragmentation — for many years the
traditional method — is no longer keeping pace with today’s frantic rates
of fragmentation. Much larger files and greatly expanded disk capacities
have meant that fragmentation continues to build between scheduled runs,
and with very large drives fragmentation may not be addressed at all.
Additionally, the nights and weekends previously available to schedule
defragmentation runs with no negative performance on users have all but
disappeared due to many sites running 24X7.
Overtime IT hours are being spent in an ever-challenging effort to schedule
defragmentation runs where they will cause the least trouble, and are also
still probably having to be spent handling help desk calls because
performance is still suffering.
Today, the only real effective solution to bring short- and long-term cost
savings to companies is a completely automatic solution, one that runs
whenever idle system resources are available so that defragmentation is consistent and
performance is maximized. Users are never negatively affected by
defragmentation. And all those IT hours lost to scheduling defragmentation
and still handling complaints of slow performance are regained.
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