BURBANK, CA–(EMWPresswire – July 15, 2008) – Figuring computer system Total Cost of
Ownership (TCO) can be a tricky business. In addition to the equipment
itself there must be added the cost of installed software, programming
hours for any homegrown applications, support subscriptions, upgrades and
patches and the cost of system maintenance. Part of this maintenance is the
warding off of threats to system operation such as viruses and malware —
and file fragmentation. And the threat of file fragmentation must be met
with the right defrag technology.
File fragmentation — the splitting of files into multiple pieces in order
to fully utilize disk space — affects TCO in numerous ways. The first of
these is, of course, slow system performance, which in serious
fragmentation situations can be quite drastic. Performance can not only be
slowed down, it can even be halted altogether. The amount of IT department
hours spent in an effort to address these performance problems can quickly
mount, especially when the true culprit has not been isolated, and TCO
Another cost that can be directly traced to fragmentation is that of help
desk calls. A help desk call means that a valuable IT employee must stop
whatever he or she is doing and immediately assist a user. Performance is a
top item for help desk calls, and a prime suspect in performance troubles
A third way that fragmentation impacts TCO is in the toll on hard drives.
Because it requires greatly increased I/O traffic to pull together all the
fragments of a file, a hard drive takes more than expected punishment.
Expected disk drive life — figured into TCO — can be shorted by a third
or even by half.
Interestingly, many sites have crossed fragmentation off their lists of
performance threats due to the implementation of scheduled defragmentation.
But a closer analysis will reveal that scheduled defrag — now outmoded — is allowing
fragmentation to still have a negative affect on TCO. Because file sizes
and disk capacities have grown so dramatically, fragmentation continues to
build in between scheduled defrag runs. And in the case of very large
disks, defrag may not be occurring
Scheduled defrag is also having a
negative impact on TCO through the amount of IT hours it takes to analyze
and schedule it.
Currently the only truly cost-effective defragmenter is the completely
automatic solution provided by Diskeeper® Corporation. Utilizing a
proprietary technology called InvisiTasking™, Diskeeper defragments
invisibly, in the background, whenever otherwise-idle resources are
available. Performance is always maintained at maximum. And since
scheduling is not required at all, precious IT hours can be spent on
Diskeeper implemented across an entire enterprise means that performance,
help desk calls, hard drive life and IT hours are once again restored to
their rightful places and cost-effectiveness in the TCO of a computer
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