Diskeeper 18 Server Features

Diskeeper’s intelligent resource monitoring, InvisiTasking®, ensures all optimization occurs without hampering system resources, so servers can operate at full production while Diskeeper runs in the background. InvisiTasking monitors resource consumption on a Windows system (disk, memory, network and CPU usage) and uses only resources that are otherwise idle, so Diskeeper runs invisibly with no intrusion on system resources. InvisiTasking monitors volumes for files that are impacting performance and deploys the Instant Defrag™ engine to consolidate the few remaining fragments on HDDs (SSDs excluded) that were not eliminated by IntelliWrite, if any. With Diskeeper Server, optimization is proactive, continuous and seamless.

Since Fragmentation is inherent fabric in Windows. For IT professionals who need to deploy Diskeeper across multiple servers, the Diskeeper Administrator console allows for seamless network deployment – no reboot required. For Windows servers, Diskeeper is the only highly efficient and proactive software for maximum performance—making it the #1 solution for keeping Windows servers running better than new.

 

Root cause performance issues for I/O intensive applications running on virtual or physical servers can be traced back to I/O inefficiencies due to many small writes and reads that chew up system performance and is akin to pouring molasses on even the most powerful systems since a majority of the I/O traffic is much smaller than it needs to be. This “death by a thousand cuts” scenario inflates IOPS, robs throughput, and shortens the lifespan of HDDs and SSDs alike. Many organizations reactively attempt to mask this problem by overspending on new storage hardware for more performance.

Server Performance For virtual environments, this is a problem on steroids as the I/O streams from disparate virtual machines (VMs) are mixed together and randomized via the “I/O blender” effect before sending out to storage a very random and difficult profile to process.

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.

Condusiv solutions address root cause performance issues at the point of origin where I/O is created by ensuring large, clean contiguous writes from Windows to eliminate the “death by a thousand cuts” scenario of many small writes and reads that chew up performance. Condusiv solutions electrify performance even further with the addition of DRAM caching – using idle DRAM to serve hot reads without creating an issue of memory contention or resource starvation. Condusiv’s “Set It and Forget It” software optimizes both writes and reads and guarantees to solve your toughest application performance challenges or your money back for 90 days – no questions asked.

The life of any company flows through its email servers. Email servers like Exchange take a beating from the sheer volume of communication that is essential to company activity. Email Server

When email files are written to disk or SSD, files are broken into smaller and smaller pieces with each piece requiring its own dedicated input/output (I/O) operation to be processed from server to storage.

As this occurs, the number of I/Os necessary to perform a single task grow exponentially. I/O bottlenecks worsen and help desk calls escalate.

How can I improve my Email Server performance?

The first thing is to realize that resource waste begins right at the O/S level when files are split apart into incresingly smaller pieces before being written to disk or SSD—creating a surplus of unnecessary I/O. Because this is happening right at the application, at the top of the technology stack, the repercussions can be wide ranging and hard to source. Many system administrators think declining system response is simply part of the cost of doing business. But if unnecessary I/O is corrected or prevented before it can happen, many system issues disappear and storage space is used more effectively.

Exchange Servers are one of the first server types to be virtualized. Virtual Machines running on Windows NTFS file systems inherit all the split and unnecessary I/Os of a logical drive on a physical disk. Some administrators mistakenly think their SAN environments are immune to this, but the truth is, the problem is even worse in a virtualized environment, where millions of unnecessary I/Os are pushed down into the SAN layer, forcing it to work harder due to this “death by a thousand cuts” scenario of many small writes and reads.

For organizations who need to improve the performance of file servers, the typical response is to overbuy and over provision for performance from new hardware standpoint. While led to believe this solves the problem, it merely serves no better than a temporary band-aid solution.

File Servers Root cause performance issues for I/O intensive file servers can be traced back to I/O inefficiencies from excessively small writes and reads that chew up system performance and is akin to pouring molasses on even the most powerful systems since a majority of the I/O traffic is much smaller than it needs to be. This “death by a thousand cuts” scenario inflates IOPS, robs throughput, and shortens the lifespan of HDDs and SSDs alike.

For virtual environments, this is a problem on steroids as the I/O streams from disparate virtual machines (VMs) are mixed together and randomized via the “I/O blender” effect before sending out to storage a very random and difficult profile to process.

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.

How do I get the most performance from my SQL Server?

SQL Server applications are typically the most I/O intensive applications for any enterprise. Anything a database administrator can do to reduce the amount of I/O necessary to complete a task will increase the server’s performance of the application.

SQL Server Some of the most common things DBAs often resort to are:

  • Tuning queries to minimize the amount of data returned.
  • Adding extra spindles or flash for performance
  • Increased RAM
  • Frequent DBCC REINDEXing of data to remove logical database deleted or inactive files.

But none of these actions will prevent hardware bottlenecks that occur due to the surplus of excessively small writes and reads that chew up performance.

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Key Benifacts

IntelliWrite® write I/O optimization technology prevents files from being fractured and broken apart into pieces, with each piece requiring its own I/O operation before being written to disk or SSD in a non-sequential manner. This stops the Windows phenomena of fragmentation from occurring before it becomes a problem.

IntelliMemory® read I/O optimization technology intelligently caches active data from read requests using idle server memory. This further reduces I/O overhead to the underlying storage device, enabling organizations to get more performance and life from the hardware they already have.

I/O Performance Monitoring reveals key performance metrics like IOPS, throughput and latency. It reveals the amount of workload processed on the local system for any given time period. It also provides important memory usage information like total physical memory and min/max/avg of available memory and how much of that was used for cache. This helps administrators fine tune memory allocations to get the most from the IntelliMemory DRAM caching engine. If there is not sufficient available DRAM, users are not getting the best performance possible from Diskeeper.

Analytics provides an hour-by-hour view for any time period to understand exactly what is happening on the local system related to key metrics like workload, read/write percentage, IOPS, throughput, I/O response time and benefits like write I/O reduction from IntelliWrite and read I/O reduction from IntelliMemory

Terabyte Volume Engine® Technology engineered to rapidly defragment volumes with hundreds of thousands of files.

Network Management Support ensures easy management of Diskeeper 16 settings and functionality across the network through the Diskeeper 16 Administrator edition or Group Policy.

InvisiTasking® intelligent monitoring technology allows all “background” operations within the system to run with near-zero resource impact on current activities.

Benefit Reporting dashboard displays the actual “time saved” benefit on every system so the value is easily quantifiable and never in question. It also shows fragments eliminated and what that means to percentage of write and read I/O reduction and how much I/O time was saved on that system due to writing and reading files in a sequential state as opposed to fragmented state. It also shows the percentage of all read traffic that is cached from idle DRAM and what that means to time saved by serving reads from DRAM instead of the underlying storage device. See displays for free spaces consolidated and total I/Os removed from both write and read optimization and total time saved for any given period of time.

Instant Defrag™ technology has been enhanced to monitor volumes to resolve critically fragmented files in real-time that are known to cause performance problems, making it SAN-friendly. This feature is turned off in the event of solid-state drives. This is the perfect complement to IntelliWrite in the rare instance that not all fragments were eliminated in the first place

Efficient Mode in addition to an extensive defrag mode, Efficient Mode offers the greatest net gain in system I/O resource savings ever available. It immediately targets and eliminates only fragmentation that directly affects system performance that is on the system and Diskeeper automatically prevents most fragmentation after installation.

Free Space Consolidation Engine swiftly consolidates free space and tightly integrates with Instant Defrag to handle new fragmentation as soon as it is created.

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