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03 DiskeeepEr 2010 and the “Holy Grail” of performance technology






8 reasons upgrading to Diskeeper 2010 is a MUST!


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Diskeeper 2010

What our customers are saying about Diskeeper 2010

and the

“Holy Grail”

of Performance


Remember the first time you heard about fragmentation? You had to wrap your wits around the fact that it was a file-writing feature and also a performance bug that needed to be eliminated as soon as it happened. You probably wished there was a better way. But there wasn’t. Even more RAM, a bigger disk and the latest CPU didn’t make the problem go away. Automatic defragmentation certainly helped, but it only began to work after I/O resources had been spent (wasted) writing fragments to the disk. The performance loss from split I/Os was unrecoverable. In a nutshell, this is why you want Diskeeper 2010. For the first time ever you can prevent up to 85% of all fragmentation before it happens. Diskeeper 2010 intelligently writes files contiguously to disk without resource conflicts. Fast, powerful and invisible defrag engines quickly handle the little fragmentation that remains. Make no mistake about it, this is a landmark technology issue. In this issue of Newskeeper you’ll discover why this landmark Diskeeper edition matters to your network. Several customers who’ve installed Diskeeper 2010 have informed us that we’ve achieved another milestone in increased system performance and one customer (see “What our customers are saying about Diskeeper 2010,” at right) believes we’ve captured the “Holy Grail of disk I/O management.” Maybe so. What we do know is that we’ve delivered on that first wish you made when you discovered that fragmentation existed. When you install Diskeeper 2010, your network is going to run like you’ve had an unlimited budget. —Peter Mead, Editor

“The new technology, IntelliWrite, operates smoothly in the background. When I have to make a copy of the active file, which can be several times a day, the copy speed appears to be about 60% faster. I would attribute this to more thoroughly defragging and avoiding fragmentation in this large file.” – Stephen Herrick, Continental Capital Corporation

“My first impression is that this is the best version yet. IntelliWrite and automatic defragging take care of it all. Statistics show that IntelliWrite on my machine prevents 90% or more of fragmentation.” – Steve Ringwald, Association for Computing Machinery

“My first impression of Diskeeper 2010: AWESOME! The ability to proactively prevent fragmentation BEFORE it happens is the Holy Grail of disk I/O management.” – Bruce McMillan, Solvay

“I feel there has really been an evolutionary step with the birth of IntelliWrite fragmentation prevention. I’ve been waiting 32 years for this.” – Adrian Scott

“Servers tend to do more reads than they do writes so being able to read more per I/O request increases the likelihood of having the desired data in the buffer when it’s needed. Moving the heads more increases wear and tear on the drives and increases the energy the drive draws. In today’s energy-sensitive environment, that alone is a good argument for using Diskeeper 2010.” – Dave Phelps, Senior Software Engineer, Scientific Games Vo lu m e 4


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inside an innovation Michael Materie, Director of Product Management at Diskeeper Corporation, lays out not only what IntelliWrite is, but the important ways it can improve performance in this “first look” product report.

When fragmentation occurs, systems waste precious I/O resources by writing non-contiguous files to scattered free spaces across the disk. The best strategy is to prevent the problem from ever happening in the first place and to always work with a clean, fast disk. Just like an up-to-date anti-virus product prevents a virus from affecting the system, Diskeeper 2010® performance technology includes exclusive IntelliWrite™ technology which prevents fragmentation (up to 85% of it) from being written to the hard drive and impacting your system’s performance. IntelliWrite Technology Overview IntelliWrite is an advanced file system driver that leverages and improves upon modern Windows’ file system “Best Fit” file write design in order to write a file in a nonfragmented state. Intelligently writing contiguous files to the disk provides four principal benefits above and beyond defragmentation, including: • Prevents most fragmentation before it happens • Better file write performance • An energy-friendly approach to improving performance • Better compatibility and interoperability with other storage management solutions

Figure 1.0: Diskeeper with IntelliWrite Dashboard


Diskeeper 2010 provides graphics that show, at a glance, a daily and real-time approximation of how many file fragments this new technology prevents. See Fig. 1.0 Historical data regarding IntelliWrite is also available for long-term trend analysis. Files created by the file system rarely anticipate the final size of the file. This causes them to be fragmented by the time they are written, something that compounds with secondary writes to the same file. IntelliWrite may proactively create more temporary space than the operating system would normally allocate for currently open files that are actively modified. This extra use of free space will vary depending on the workload on the system. For that reason, IntelliWrite is automatically disabled in the rare event a volume runs below 2 GB of available space. IntelliWrite Performance Testing Methodology In-depth technical validation of this new proactive solution is best accomplished with true apples-to-apples comparison testing. It dictates two identical systems performing identical tasks with the only difference being enabling Diskeeper with IntelliWrite for one series of those tests and disabling it for the other series of tests. In all test cases the exact same activity was carried out for numerous iterations (three or more) without IntelliWrite, and then an equal number of iterations with IntelliWrite. For each and every test case, the baseline


system image of the volume state was restored. An average of the iterations is then taken and a comparison using that average is then made and presented in the respective sections below. To measure the number of fragments prevented, a fragmentation analysis is performed at the start and end of each test. End of test results can then be compared to the initial state, to determine the additional fragmentation caused by the activity performed in that specific test. For the system performance tests, independent benchmarking software is employed to empirically substantiate the value of IntelliWrite for improving system performance. This paper presents the results of such tests across a variety of common business applications and use cases. Faster Writes with IntelliWrite Benchmark Tool: To demonstrate improved file write speeds with IntelliWrite, an industry standard benchmarking program, Futuremark Corporation’s PCMark® iVantage, was used. Specifically, the Hard Disk Drive Suite scores were captured. The scores reflect a practical comparative to measure the increased drive performance of one system/system configuration versus another. See Fig. 2.0 The benchmark tests showed a 7.7% improvement with Diskeeper 2010 with IntelliWrite versus a computer without IntelliWrite technology.

File Copy: A second test to demonstrate write performance was also done. Again, two identical systems were used. The system running Diskeeper 2010 with IntelliWrite provides a 3.5% improvement in file copies. That system prevented fragmentation while the system without IntelliWrite incurred moderate levels of fragmentation and operated more slowly.

Figure 2.0: Futuremark benchmarks for IntelliWrite

See Fig. 2.1 Fragmentation Prevention with IntelliWrite In order to demonstrate the ability of IntelliWrite to prevent fragmentation, experiments that simulate typical activity on computers (desktops and servers) were performed. The results shown below demonstrate that the additional fragmentation is significantly lower with IntelliWrite while the increase in free space consumption, a potential lone minor side effect, is minimal. Test 1 – Office Applications: The first analysis involves simulating a typical office worker’s day-to-day activity, creating and editing various file types with standard productivity applications. A script is used so that the activity can be reproduced identically. That script mimics user activity working with Notepad, WordPad, Microsoft® Word, and Microsoft Excel® to create files, write data to files, delete files, and copy files. The script also copies folders with document files in them. See Fig. 3.0 Figure 3.0 shows that, on average, IntelliWrite prevented 86% of new fragments while increasing free space consumption by only 1.56%.

Figure 2.1: File Copy benchmarks for IntelliWrite

Figure 3.0: Office document fragmentation prevention

Test 2 – Browsing and App Installations: The second test involved primarily simulating web browsing activity by accessing several web sites. The test runs a script which uses Internet Explorer and visits a number of web sites. The script also performs installation and removal of several software packages. See Fig. 3.1 Figure 3.1 shows that, on average, IntelliWrite prevented 73% of new fragments. In this series, the cases where IntelliWrite was used actually had 1.05% more space available than those that did not have IntelliWrite. This shows that the impact on free space is generally negligible, given that available space can increase in some use cases. Vo lu m e 4


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Test 3 – Installing System Updates: The third test involved installing Service Pack 3 on Windows XP, again with and without IntelliWrite. Figure 3.2 presents results for three test iterations. On average, IntelliWrite prevented 62% of new fragments while increasing free space consumption by less than 0.5%. See Fig. 3.2

Figure 3.1: Internet browsing fragmentation prevention

Figure 3.2: System updates fragmentation prevention

Figure 3.3: SQL Server fragmentation prevention


Power Usage

142 140 138 136 134 132 130 128 126

(lower is better) 139.15


Without IntelliWrite

With IntelliWrite

Figure 4: Energy savings with IntelliWrite


Test 4 – Databases: See Fig. 3.3 The fourth test demonstrates the value of IntelliWrite in server environments; in this case, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 running on Windows Server Enterprise 2003 R2. Specifically this investigation involved running a SQL script to create three databases, each with 250 tables, with each table containing various data types. The script then creates 1,000 rows in each table and then updates several rows in those tables. For these tests, IntelliWrite prevented almost 90% of all fragmentation. With respect to free space usage, the server without IntelliWrite had 23,278GB remaining. The test cases with IntelliWrite, had an average of 23,269GB of free space available, or an increase in free space use of just under 1%.

from accessing fragment-free disks for I/O read activities (e.g., backups, anti-virus scans, etc.). Compatibility with modern storage management solutions Applying a copy-on-write (COW) technique has become popular in managing stored data. It’s commonly used in data deduplication, data/volume snapshots, real-time continuous data protection (CDP) and similar “block level” storage solutions. This technique minimizes the effort required to manage data on a file-by-file basis, which can be impractical for databases or in larger shared storage environments, such as in a SAN.

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Heavy fragmentation can increase copy-on-write overhead, potentially slowing it down. However, a key compatibility consideration is that a copy-on-write approach is unlikely to be able to distinguish between changes to data by a user/application, versus changes to that data from a defragmentation program. This means that afterthe-fact defragmentation may generate some unnecessary effort by any copy-on-write based solution. Rather than having to choose between either increased copy-on-write process overhead, due to fragmentation, or increased workload, due to defragmentation, the “write once” approach of IntelliWrite eliminates redundant file movement while providing a fragment-free (or fragmentation reduced) environment.

The tests translate to a 5.4% power reduction for systems running Diskeeper with IntelliWrite. This gain in power savings is in addition to energy savings gained

This new and exclusive method of solving fragmentation proactively affords Diskeeper 2010 unique interoperability with modern copyon-write storage solutions.

IntelliWrite is Green Technology Fragmentation requires the hard drive to take more time and power to read data. Many published studies have verified this. The general premise being that fragmentation requires the hard drive to take more time and power to read data. Backing up a fragmented volume might take four hours, whereas a defragmented volume might take only 3 hours, allowing the system to return to an idle, or less busy, state one hour sooner.



reasons upgrading to Diskeeper 2010 is a MUST!

1 Only Diskeeper 2010 actually prevents fragmentation from happening in the first place.

6 Fast ROI. Documented to lower cost of network ownership and make IT budgets go further.

2 Diskeeper 2010 significantly increases read and write speeds.

7 If you have a current maintenance agreement, the upgrade is automatic at no extra charge.

3 Even the busiest systems experience greatly increased drive efficiency and extended lifespan.

8 Upgrades from previous editions are significantly discounted.

4 Greater I/O efficiency improves performance of virtualization platforms. 5 Servers require less energy to cool.


new Diskeeper 2010 performance technology vs. the built-in defragmenter in Windows operating systems Built-in Diskeeper 2010 Critical Features defragmenter editions Includes IntelliWrite fragmentation prevention technology. Prevents 85% of fragmentation before it happens saving resources and energy!


Includes InvisiTasking® technology. Zero impact on system resources.


Includes I-FAAST® intelligent file access acceleration sequencing technology for fast access of important files.


Fast and robust even on disks with less than 1% free space.


Centralized administrative control (deployment, configuration, alerts, reports).


MOM/SCOM integration.


Fast defrag (of any remaining fragmentation) on volumes up to 20TB and more (Terabyte Volume Engine™ technology and Titan Defrag Engine™ technology).


Group policy management.


When defrag needed, automatically selects best defrag algorithm for your system’s needs.


Frequently updated cutting-edge technology.


Lowers cost of ownership.


Significantly reduces energy consumption and cooling requirements.


Reduces drive wear and extends system life.


* Not all features in all Diskeeper editions.

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What Industry Opinion Leaders have to say about Diskeeper Disk Performance Software

“Building on its history of innovation, and particularly with its successful flagship solution, Diskeeper will release Diskeeper 2010 this month. In addition to defragmenting files when the a system is idle, thereby producing no performance lags while maintaining healthy hard drives, Diskeeper 2010 will prevent fragmentation from happening in the first place. “Thanks to Diskeeper’s newly developed IntelliWrite technology, Diskeeper 2010 keeps disks clean by intelligently writing files, preventing up to 85% of the fragmentation that can occur during the normal file-writing process. This breakthrough capability will undoubtedly increase ROI for customers by extending the life and fast performance of new and existing drives. The updated software will be available in multiple versions to suit the needs of individuals as well as organizations of all sizes.” — PC Today Magazine

Readers Choice Award Winner for Best Disk Defragmentation and Drive Monitoring Tool. “We have a whole new award for super champions: the Grand Slam. As its name suggests, the Grand Slam goes to a product that has won in the same category four times in a row. Diskeeper Corp.’s hold on this category is relentless as it picks up a Grand Slam.” — Lee Pender Executive Editor, Features Redmond Magazine “Diskeeper has long been a favorite of Redmond magazine readers. In fact, its disk performance software has won the Redmond Readers Choice award four years in a row earning it the coveted Grand Slam,” notes Doug Barney, Vice President and Editorial Director for the Redmond Media Group.

“Going back over five years of reviews we have conducted for Government Computer News and, a pattern of hard fighting fragmentation emerges from Diskeeper. In every review situation we have engineered since 2002, having a computer running with defragmentation software from Diskeeper improved performance whether it was a server, desktop or notebook.” — John Breeden II, GCN Lab Director




Diskeeper Corporation partnered on a worldwide distribution deal with global OEM ASUS, pioneer and leader in the netbook category. Diskeeper will provide its new HyperBoot™ “instant-on” boot time technology as a pre-installation on all Windows XP and 7 netbooks and laptops shipped. By offering near-immediate boot up with HyperBoot technology, netbooks and laptops can now power down at night without incurring the lost production other users experience each morning when waiting for their systems to boot. Such benefits form a vital part of green computing initiatives due to the energy savings. But boot up performance itself has become a major issue and purchase consideration for consumers, and even enterprises evaluating new systems. And it is here where HyperBoot delivers. Extensive tests performed on Windows XP utilizing different hardware from a variety of manufacturers show significant boot time improvements on every system tested. Tests on Windows 7 demonstrated similar results. “Diskeeper Corporation has a long record of speeding up Windows performance with their defragmentation technology,” notes Mr. S.Y. Shian, Vice President of System Business Group, NB Business Unit. “We want our customers to receive that same kind of performance benefit and the best computing experience possible with our products. This partnership to include their HyperBoot technology in our netbooks and laptops brings that promise into reality.”

For further information regarding HyperBoot, contact Global Alliances & Partner Affairs Derek De Vette at 818.771.1600

Building a

Strong Deploying a standardized base image to every hard drive on the network is an important efficiency that not only saves time and manpower, but increases administrative transparency and system productivity. No system admin wants to manage 5,000 machines with 5,000 unique configurations. But a strong Standard Operating Environment (SOE) cannot be built and maintained without directly addressing the issue of fragmentation at its roots. The first thing a base image will include is the operating system appropriate to the computer. Next, it will likely include the “everybody needs” items like basic productivity software and security/malware applications. Because neither the O/S nor the basic software has been previously configured by the manufacturer for installation on the specific computer it is going on, a lot of additional I/Os occur as the installation programs discover what is needed and supply it. As a result, the final Base Image is highly fragmented. If it is pushed out at that point, the fragmentation is pushed out too. Defragging the “Golden” base image solves only part of the problem. As the image is installed on computers, it fragments — snowballing. As a result, newly installed machines begin life at a significantly lower performance level than they are capable of. By design, an operating system fragments files with almost every disk write. If an operating system is the most primary component of the base image on every computer, shouldn’t a fragmentation prevention tool — if one existed — be its mandated companion piece?

STANDARD OPERATING ENVIRONMENT The ability of Diskeeper® 2010 performance technology to eliminate most fragmentation before it can occur is a revolutionary leap both in concept and application with very broad implications for the speed and efficiency of the system and the end-user experience. It not only prevents fragmentation, it also prevents performance lost to split I/Os writing fragments around the disk. The choice is simple. Fragmentation prevention must be in place on every system on every network for optimum efficiencies of scale, and far less “reactive” administration.

Find out exactly how much money you can save now and in the long term. Diskeeper 2010 top-up and volume license discounts are currently available. Give us a call now and get a professional quote. 800-829-6468

Breakthrough technology. Breakthrough pricing.

VIRTUAL PLATFORM DISK OPTIMIZER FOR HYPER-V™ Virtual machines are the future and loaded with potential benefits. However, unknown until now, virtualization can become a costly experiment in bottlenecked performance and wasted disk space. We have a solution. V-locity is the only solution for full virtual disk optimization: Completely eliminates the “fragmentation on top of fragmentation” accumulation that plagues all virtual platforms. Optimizes virtual platform performance without impacting active resources on the host or guest systems. Analyzes waste in a virtual disk space and allows one click VHD compaction.

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All computers suffer from fragmentation and need Diskeeper, but with hundreds or thousands of workstations on a network, trying to install and configure each one individually would be a time-consuming task. Keeping track of all of them would be nearly impossible. But with new Diskeeper 2010 Administrator, central deployment and management could not be simpler. New Diskeeper 2010 Administrator saves you time and money by providing complete centralized management of Diskeeper operations for all machines on your network, including installation, configuration, monitoring, updating, e-mail alerts and more. With simplified “policy-based” management of clients in existing or newly defined groups, you can handle the problems of file system performance across your entire site without ever leaving your desk! Diskeeper 2010 Administrator is written on the Microsoft® .NET framework, and can store data on an existing SQL server or on a Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine (MSDE) database on any workstation (MSDE is included with Administrator). Diskeeper 2010 Administrator’s extensible architecture allows you to run multiple consoles connecting to one or multiple databases. New! Administrator Dashboard New in Diskeeper 2010 is a full-featured network “Dashboard.” It’s a robust high-level network management tool that provides an “at-a-glance” network-wide overview of disk performance and system health in a comprehensive dashboard view.


Now includes the new Administrator Dashboard

Now you can get fast access to more details on noted issues directly from the dashboard. You can then initiate tasks such as remote control, deployment and configuration to quickly remedy situations. You get important customizable alerts on systems that have: • Low free space • Severe file fragmentation • Extreme paging file or meta data fragmentation • No defragmentation happening • Product activation expiration • Diskeeper updates available for installation New Administrator dashboard gives an at-a-glance window on entire network performance. Diskeeper 2010 Administrator specialized features and functionality • Remote installation — with Diskeeper 2010 Administrator, there’s no need to walk from machine to machine to deploy Diskeeper — simply use PushInstall™ technology to remotely install or


update Diskeeper on any server or workstation connected to your network. Administrator also gives you the power to schedule Diskeeper installations, schedule policy deployment and scan the network for information about Diskeeper network-wide. • Disk Performance Analyzer for Networks® — provides real-time performance updates (for machines not running Diskeeper) with high-level visual graphs and detailed fragmentation data on-demand or e-mailed automatically. • Simplified “policy based” management of clients — utilize existing Active Directory® groups or newly defined groups to handle the problems of fragmentation and boost file system performance across your network. • E-mail alerts — Automatic e-mail messages alert you to potential problems, so you can address them before they turn into system failures. Alerts can be generated when any system’s reliability index drops to “warning” or “critical,” if defragmentation is unable to complete, or if a volume’s free space falls below a user-designated threshold. Diskeeper Administrator now provides email notifications for new Diskeeper updates and upgrades. • Increased flexibility and scalability — Diskeeper 2010 Administrator is written on the .NET framework, and can store data on an existing SQL server or on a MSDE database on any workstation (MSDE is included with Administrator Edition). Administrator’s extensible architecture allows you to run multiple consoles connecting to one or multiple databases. • Detailed reporting — Diskeeper 2010 Administrator puts more information easily at your fingertips. Easy-to-use

customizable reports include client status, performance ratings, alerts, client settings, license management, • Automatic defrag management — Provides the ability to automate a network defragmentation policy. As systems on a network are added and removed, Diskeeper Administrator can be set up to dynamically deploy installations to those new computers and configure settings with predefined policies. Systems removed will also be detected and the software licenses assigned to them will be re-captured and returned to the available license pool. • Manage Diskeeper licenses — Integrated Diskeeper license management tracks and reports on your Diskeeper installations. technical specifications Hardware support: Diskeeper runs on the Intel® x86 platforms (including compatible CPUs from other manufacturers). Supported file systems: Diskeeper supports the Microsoft NTFS (New Technology File System), FAT16 (File Allocation Table) and FAT32 file system formats. Resource requirements: Disk space required is 450 MB (temporary) for installation and typically between 80–150 MB at completion of setup.

Try it for yourself! Download trialware today at for pricing, contact your Diskeeper Corporation sales representative at 800-829-6468.

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