Server Performance – Gain Maximum Storage Efficiency
There are three major areas server performance is most heavily
felt: I/O latency, storage space efficiency and energy consumption. Most problems IT staff has in delivering
services to users begin in one of these areas. When server + time + traffic = slowdown,
attempting to handle this with direct, labor intensive operations that include downtime
only raises operating costs and lowers net performance to the end-user.
Rapidly increasing need for more and bigger storage is only partly due to the increase
in data volume being processed. Unutilized disk space that cannot be written to –
bloated space – can waste up to 30%
or more of a disk’s potential storage. The most common response is to add more disks,
more servers and deploy more load balancing solutions. All of this represents expenditures
that are hard to anticipate and cut into funding for business initiatives designed
to make the company more competitive.
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How do I ensure server storage performance and efficiency?
Server performance problems begin on servers at the NTFS file system layer when
files are written to disk in fragments and not consolidated or otherwise optimized for efficient
use. Writing and then reading these files involve many additional I/Os.
Because this inefficiency wastes system resources at its most basic production level,
the file, and because of the sheer scale of read/write operations on even a small corporate
server, I/O bottlenecks build up fast and create slows on all Windows servers including
SAN-attached servers and SAN environments. Hundreds, even thousands of users may
touch server storage simultaneously. Even the smallest inefficiencies magnify fast.
Diskeeper® data performance software
operates invisibly and automatically at the base of the technology stack right next
to the O/S. It ensures files are written contiguously and thereby read contiguously. It
operates with zero resource conflicts – Diskeeper activity also makes free
space contiguous on the fly and recaptures bloated disk space from dynamically set disks and
VM accelerator does the same with VMs.
Diskeeper has been heavily tested both in labs and in real world environments on
every type of work situation routinely encountered. It consistently demonstrates
that optimizing data at the initial write improves server performance and efficiency
throughout the system. But the benefits go much further. Without Diskeeper, the typical solution
is to either add more hardware or attempt offline workarounds – both are costly
and time consuming.
Download a free trial of Diskeeper Server or V-locity
to increase your server performance today »