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.
Data growth is outpacing storage solutions.
According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, storage sales were up Y2Y in Q3 2014. As reported in StorageNewsletter:
Total worldwide disk storage systems factory revenue grew 5.1% year over year to nearly $8.8 billion during 3Q14…
Total disk storage systems capacity shipped was 25EB. New capacity shipments grew 42% year over year during the quarter.
But the biggest market impact came from sales of storage systems by Original Design Manufacturers (ODM) directly to hyperscale datacenters. Revenue generated by this newly tracked set of complete and partially built storage systems grew 22% during the quarter and accounted for 43% of all capacity consumed.”
The open networked disk storage market (NAS combined with non-mainframe SAN) was up 2.1% year over year to $5.1 billion in revenue. External storage systems increased 0.9% to $5.8 billion in revenue.
Data Growth Outpacing Storage Solutions
Storage sales follow forecasts for ever-growing data. A recent study conducted by long-term data storage company Storiant found that:
- 60% of CIOs say data will outpace their company’s storage solution in 12 months or less
- 46% of CIOs retain data for 6-10 years due to regulatory and compliance needs
- Assuming that budgets remain flat, 46% of CIOs say they will have to be selective about which data to keep if they maintain their current storage solution
Older, cold data, that is accessed infrequently is still being stored for compliance purposes, leaving less room for new data that is accessed more frequently.
Keeping Operations Running at Peak Performance Levels
No matter your storage solution (even at home, the more data you create, the more videos, photos, documents, spreadsheets and applications on your PC) one thing remains clear: when you need access to your data you need it fast. The more data you have, the more important it is to keep files – and the free space around them – defragmented and contiguous for faster access.
Anyone who uses PerfectDisk across their network of PCs, servers and virtualized systems knows the maintenance of that data is critical to performance across the entire network – during the active workday to aid in productivity (of employees and of the systems their data is stored and accessed from) and during downtime, when employees are gone for the night or weekend but when systems are still working, especially during physical server and virtualization backups:
- PerfectDisk’s SMARTPlacement™ disk optimization algorithm provides the best balance between file performance, improved boot times and preventing refragmentation. Boot files are placed at the front of the disk followed by Directories, Rarely Modified, Occasionally Modified and Recently Modified files. The remaining free space is consolidated at the end of the disk to allow for contiguous writing of data.
- PerfectDisk’s OptiWrite® technology prevents fragmentation from occurring in the first place (and without sacrificing system speed in doing so). OptiWrite reduces the amount of defragmentation energy and resources needed to keep your system running optimally.
PerfectDisk 13 Service Pack 3 (Build 842) has been released, with updates fixing the SMART drive temperature, Hyper-V Host and Guest and XP issues in the PerfectDisk client and license pane and defrag monitoring pane issues in the console. [Read more...]
PerfectDisk 13 Service Pack 2 (Build 821) includes feature enhancements, including ReFS and Cluster Shared Volume (CSVFS) support, as well as bug fixes. All changes have been listed below.
ReFS Defrag and Fragmentation Prevention
New to PerfectDisk 13 SP2 is support for ReFS. ReFS is found in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012/2012 R2. ReFS is NOT found in earlier versions of Windows.
PerfectDisk 13 Business Editions, including support for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as PerfectDisk 13 Home Server, including support for Windows Server 2012 Essentials (and WHS 2011 and WHS v1) are finally here! PerfectDisk 13 is faster, offers increased flexibility and customization and has new features for optimizing SSD performance and lifespan. [Read more...]
PerfectDisk 13 Pro for home users is finally here! It’s faster, offers increased flexibility and customization and it supports Windows 8.1. We’ve also got some new features for SSDs. [Read more...]
While the launch of PerfectDisk 13 has encountered some unexpected delays due to issues upgrading earlier versions of PerfectDisk to PerfectDisk 13, as well as infrastructure updates that were necessary to support the release, Windows 8.1 waits for no one…but we have released a hotfix for PerfectDisk 12.5 to allow it to run on Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2.
The wait is over!
That’s right, after several months since the Super Bowl, the National Football League’s new season starts tonight. For many here in the United States, it’s an exciting time of year, as American football has become the country’s most popular sport to watch. Of course, there are also those that could care less, other than the fact that there will now be a lot more parking spaces at the mall on Sunday afternoons.
6 Degrees of…PerfectDisk at a Football Game
Easter Seals Hawaii has been providing services to infants, children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support to their families since 1946. It’s part of a national organization that has been providing services and programs to individuals with special needs for 90 years. Easter Seals is recognized universally for its system of identifying the needs of people with disabilities and providing services to effectively meet these needs.
Easter Seals Hawaii has embraced virtualization and found success in improving server utilization and reducing costs with its deployment of Microsoft Windows Hyper-V Server. The organization employs almost 500 people. They have 5 Hyper-V host servers and 15 standalone physical servers in 13 locations across the state. It has revenue of $18 million annually and receives about $1.5 million in donations a year. The client side runs a combination of Windows XP and Windows 7; servers are running Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2. [Read more...]