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Vol. 2 No. 9 November 2003

Defragmenting Disks Falls by the Wayside

Defragmenting your disks is a lot like flossing your teeth: Both are great preventative measures that are often neglected until it's too late. A server full of fragmented files--like a mouth full of cavities--can be painful to fix. Yet for many storage managers, disk defragmentation--the process of rearranging fragmented files so empty storage spaces can be reused--has been "lost in the shuffle of priorities," says Laura Didio, a senior analyst at The Yankee Group, Boston, MA. "It's been overlooked as a housekeeping chore," says Didio. "If you're a CTO and your budget's been slashed, you say: 'I can get by without defragging.' But you're only putting off inevitable problems." Those problems can range from downtime because of application errors to an outright crash, not to mention man hours spent on troubleshooting slow servers, increased calls to the help desk and possibly even buying new hardware, says Didio. "Even a moderately fragmented server can chip away at performance," says Bob Nolan, president and CEO of Raxco Software,...

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  • Defragmenting Disks Falls by the Wayside

    The deal on disk fragmenting

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    One of the main challenges to growing SANs is the proliferation of independent SAN islands. We look at how and why a multinational financial services company consolidated many islands into larger ones, but stopped short of a single, unified SAN.

  • Sane strategies for SAN growth

    What's the right way to design storage networks for growth? There's no simple answer to that question, but understanding the implications of storage- or network-centric approaches will help you make the right choices.

  • New directions for switches

    With all of the recent acquisitions and new partnerships forming this year, finding the right Fibre Channel switch for you is even more confusing. This article will help you chose the right one.

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