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June 11, 2010

Diskeeper's Toumayan Discusses Defragmentation

(Editor's Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop 2010. To view TMCnet's entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.)


At the Interop 2010 show in Las Vegas, TMC's Erik Linask had a chance to interview Diskeeper's Colleen Toumayan, Director of Public Relations.

The company's been around for 25 years or so, you might remember their product, the first automatic defragmenter for Windows. This reporter sure does.

Toumayan said that the company's helped Microsoft develop the API hooks that even allow defragmentation to take place at all. She said that Diskeeper "actually, really revolutionized the market. We've been the first to market with many new technologies in the defrag space, and now we have a new technology called IntelliWrite, which can actually prevent up to 85 percent of fragmentation from happening."

In other words, as Linask says, "pre-emptive defrag." Toumayan agreed, saying it's accomplished by using a system driver, "so when you're writing the files to the disk, it's writing them in a non-fragmented state."

The benefits of defragmentation, as well as preventive defragging, she contended, include actually helping the computer last longer, as well as improving system performance and the user experience, "and also, energy efficiency."

Linask then put the question that's on the mind of every casual computer user who's ever run the defrag on their Windows machine - "What causes fragmentation?" Toumayan explained that during the normal use of the computer, writing things to the disk and saving things to disk, "it just becomes fragmented." She likened it to trying to keep paper files in order.

The company has also released a product called Velocity recently, "that's for virtual systems," and noted that they're looking at a product for VM ware "later this year."

View the full video interview below (Apple users click here):

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David's articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Patrick Barnard


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