PerfectDisk 13 Service Pack 4 (Build 843) has been released, which adds the ability to exclude files approaching the FAL maximum size from defragmentation operations, adds vSphere 6.0 compatibility, and fixes a Log Viewer sorting issue. [Read more...]
PCWorld offers a list of 7 critical things to do immediately with a new PC. Whether you have a new PC or you’re trying to hang on to an old one, here’s how to tweak those steps to make your computer even more efficient and secure:
“The first step is by far the most tedious. You shouldn’t muck around on the web unless your copy of Windows is fully patched and up to date, period.”
Definitely make sure your new PC is running the most up-to-date version of Windows.
Tweak: Add an extra layer of protection against activity-logging spyware that Windows and many antivirus products cannot detect. Block and quarantine keystroke, screenshot, webcam, clipboard and SSL logger malware with a free trial of PerfectGuard.
“Install your favorite browser”
You may be used to using Internet Explorer, or you may want to install Chrome, Firefox, another browser.
Tweak: Whether you install a new browser or use the built-in IE, you can make your chosen web browser(s) react faster and keep your browsing history private by placing your browser cache on a RAM disk. When your browser cache is located on a RAM disk, it is automatically cleared at shutdown. Follow the instructions for your web browser here. [Read more...]
Are you in the market for a new PC? Here’s a quick guide to help you decide on which technology is right for you. StorageNewsletter recently published a comparison of the available storage technologies on the market today: HDD, SSD, SSHD and PCIe SSD. We’ve summarized the advantages and disadvantages of each storage technology below.
HDD – Hard Disk Drive
HDDs are the least expensive of all storage technologies; you can get twice the storage capacity on a hard disk drive than you can for the same price as an SSD however it is slower with high battery usage, and as any HDD laptop owner knows, they get heated up and noisy (and will perform slower if there is high file and free space fragmentation).
HDDs – best for: Text editing, Internet or for users that need lot of capacity they won’t use too often. Not for mission-critical applications and video games.
SSD – Solid-State Drive
Solid-state drives are five times faster than HDD, highly responsive with faster booting and applicaton load times. Because SSDs have no mechanics, they are quiet, use less power and battery, and don’t heat up like an HDD but they are also six times more expensive and have a shorter lifespan due to write amplification, which is made worse by regular usage.
SSDs – best for: notebooks with greater battery life, and users who need to load or process constantly a lot of files and heavy applications at the same time.
SSHD – Solid-State Hybrid Drive
Solid-state hybrid drives combine HDD and SSD technology to give you the best of both worlds: the higher capacity storage of an HDD with the faster-performing memory of an SSD. SSHDs use the flash memory as a cache, allowing you to boot faster and frequently used applications and data to load faster, but performance can slow down when the cache is full and you get the same heat and noise as an HDD
SSHDs – best for: Users who need more performance for a few applications but also a bigger storage capacity at an affordable price.
PCIe SSDs are small and lightweight and provide quiet operation with better latency. As an SSD with flash memory assembled directly onto the PCIe card, PCIe SSDs are four times faster but 30% more expensive than SSDs.
PCIe SSDs – best for: Cloud providers, enterprises or users that need lot of performance and responsiveness for heavy applications.
Tell us about your experience with HDDs, SSDs, or hybrid drives. Which storage technology works for you?
Raxco’s Bob Nolan explains the role of the SAN, the storage controller and the VM workflow, how each affects virtualized system performance and what system admins can do to improve slow VMware/Hyper-V performance:
There is no doubt virtualization has brought enormous efficiencies to corporate IT, but better performance is not one of the benefits companies can count on. A survey of IT managers by ZK Research indicated more than 25% of virtualization projects were rolled back to physical servers for performance reasons. That is a 1-in-4 failure rate. Queue contention, disk latency and sluggish virtual machine (VM) performance continue to plague virtualization implementations. Why is it that I/O related performance issues are still an issue as the industry moves steadily to more virtualization and SAN technology?
VMware now recommends an activity that resolves these I/O issues and this blog post explains its importance in depth. To better understand these problems we first examine what is happening at the SAN, controller and virtual machine level and their respective roles in these performance issues.
As the Windows Server 2003 end of support date looms (July 14, 2015), IT professionals face a choice similar to the one they faced last year for Windows XP: upgrade or die. If they don’t upgrade their OS, they won’t receive any more security patches but with the way things have been going on Patch Tuesday lately, who knows if that’s a bad or a good thing.
While it’s generally good to keep up-to-date with the latest technology (and security that comes along with it), it may not be in every organization’s budget to upgrade all systems at once, so we have a contingency plan to keep Windows Server 2003 alive and well while you wait to upgrade all your systems or choose to stay with the status quo. No judgments here. [Read more...]
Hospitals running the MEDITECH healthcare information system have a significant hurdle to clear when maintaining systems for continuous uptime and maximum performance: files reaching the NTFS File Attribute List (FAL) limit.
Excessive fragmentation caused by the Windows NTFS file system creates major performance issues for MEDITECH installations and Raxco has the only cost-effective defragmentation and performance optimization solution for hospital IT administrators that doesn’t sacrifice system speed in order to do its job. [Read more...]
How much time do you spend waiting for your computer to respond? Opening windows, launching your web browser, starting programs, even saving your work. Do you have to wait? No, you don’t.
National Clean Out Your Computer Day originated from the Institute for Business Technology in 2000. Executed on the second Monday in February, National Clean Out Your Computer Day is a day to perform much-needed maintenance to improve performance on your computer(s).
Here at Raxco, we have a series of shortcuts you can take that are as thorough as professionally cleaning out your computer. Why waste your time if you can automate your system performance-improving maintenance? No geeks required! [Read more...]
Fragmentation is still a disk performance issue in 2015 – even with Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere. Whether you’re using an HDD or SSD desktop or laptop PC, physical server or virtualized system, the issue of file and free space fragmentation continues to impact system performance and response times in ways you may have never realized.
The word “busy” doesn’t even cut it when you consider all the work required to be completed by IT professionals before after business hours – to keep operations running smoothly from 9 to 5 (or whenever your business hours occur) – not to mention all the daily emergencies you encounter with less than tech-savvy employees, hardware malfunctions, system and software failures.
InformationWeek’s Kevin Casey offers some useful time management tips, including focusing on only a few specific tasks – or just one task – for a specified time period, shutting off phones and devices to be able to focus on the current task, making good use out of status indicators (so others know not to disturb you), and taking real breaks from the office to refresh and refocus later in the day.
4 IT Tools Help Recover Time in Your Work Day
Kevin’s advice is extremely useful – and not just for IT pros – most people would benefit from his task management tips but there are also tangible cost-effective IT tools you can implement to help save time in your too-busy work day. These tools also help save time for the critical after-hours processes you count on to complete on-time for your return to the office the next business day, starting the whole routine all over again. [Read more...]