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Disklace Innovations

Computers have come a long way since the mainframe systems of the 80s. Developments over the past two decades mean that users no longer need to be IT professionals to use sophisticated applications.

Unfortunately, fragmentation technology never quite caught up. Most users have no way of knowing that their machines are in trouble until they start running so slowly that productivity is down. By that point, the disks have already been damaged, and the machines either need repairs or replacement—both costly and time-consuming solutions. IT teams have been hard-pressed to find ways to avoid this scenario.

Until now. Disklace will change the way you take care of your machines—saving you time, money, and headaches.

  1. 1. Enhancement to Storage Management

Fragmentation was invented as a solution to the disk space management problem, but it is not a self-sufficient process. Users who format their disks “every now and then” encounter serious problems—namely slow machines that need to be replaced often. Disklace built on the storage life cycle management technology that is currently being used in most systems, by enhancing the architecture with automatic maintenance. The result is Lace Watcher—a revolutionary product that ties up the loose ends of the fragmentation process, enabling machines to work better, faster, and longer. Unlike other products that run at pre-set intervals, or worse, only when you happen to think of it, Lace Watcher works exactly when you need it to—before your machine slows down. See our Technology page for more details about this process.

2. Bottom-Up Management

Disklace developments are based on the concept that a whole is the sum of its components.

Other systems employ top-down management, that is, they look at storage from the device’s and the network’s points of view. Emerging technologies like disk virtualization and cloud infrastructure are heterogeneous, making network access difficult to manage. Today’s machines require a different management perspective.

Lace Watcher uses a bottom-up management approach, one that periodically manages the disks from the users’ points of view, culminating in a complete and comprehensive analysis. You are provided easy access to all the data you need to manage your environment, something that all other central systems fail to deliver.

 

3. Remote Defrag

Who is responsible for the maintenance of your computers?

In theory, the users (both home and enterprise) should be responsible for running defrag maintenance programs. In practice, this task is sorely neglected. The consequences are serious—symptoms only start to show as the internal disorder of the computer is already increasing. Lace Watcher takes care of this job for the users, by remotely running the defrag utility only when needed, an extremely important function when using solid state disk devices (SSDs).

 

4. Regulating Alerts

Lace Watcher combines two crucial functions in a single product:
● When first installed, Lace Watcher serves as a disk monitoring system of data quality, while also collecting information about the disks’ sizes and capacities
● After the first cycle in which all disks have been monitored, Lace Watcher becomes an early warning alert system, reporting exceptional conditions

Activating the regulate option for the disks makes the change, setting the alert filter level slightly above the level of the current fragmentation, so every change in the fragmentation level is immediately reported. Lace Watcher will intuitively report the disks according to their levels of activity, regardless of their original positions.

 

5. Measuring Quality.

Lace Watcher measures quality differently than any other method. Our system’s measurement units correlate to the level of disorder in the disk. This approach both indicates the status of a disk in terms of service and predicts its position in the life cycle of the device, referring to several factors that are not considered in any other method. The Lace Watcher technology envisions a ideal disk containing the same data as the disk being monitored, and then creates a quality factor that relates to the difference in performance. Other methods simply compare performance to disk capacity. Only Lace Watcher can use the quality factor to identify extreme conditions and escalate them to enable maintenance personnel to perform the required actions.

 

6. Managing User Experience.

User experience is subjective, and therefore difficult to measure. Lace Watcher technology can however, rank your users’ experience by analyzing the relationship between user satisfaction and disk order. Our observations of help desk calls show a significant correlation between negative user experience and a high level of disk disorder.

Although other statistical methods for measuring user experience exist, the Lace Watcher approach of calculating based on disk disorder has the unique advantage of factoring in silent users—users who do not complain or ask for help, and who are ignored by all other systems’ methods.

 

7. Proactive Calibration.

Lace Watcher is the only product to use dynamic update of the reference scale, based upon user measurements.

When the fragmentation measuring method was developed, the first stage in the process was to set the minimum and maximum values. Once the exponential distribution of the fragmentation was identified, the minimum value could be set as a volume without any fragmentation, but the maximum value could not be defined. To solve this problem, we collected and analyzed results from our users to establish an initial scale, including the upper end. Every one of our 300,000 users who checked results has contributed to the calculation.

We continue to use this dynamic process, meaning that when a significant change in data storage will occur–and according to current major changes in the storage world it will occur soon–it will be identified by a change in our scale format. When this will happen, we and our users will be the first to know.

In addition, Lace Watcher enables you to compare your network’s fragmentation results distribution to that of the global one, so you can see at a glance if your disks are well maintained or neglected.

 

8. Lateral Management.

Lace Watcher looks from the side, without interception. Normally, computers are managed in the groups in which they are physically located–by office, department, or floor. Within each group, some computers form a logical group (having identical tasks) and others do not belong to the main force. Yet central systems view them from the same perspective. Lace Watcher enables you to add any disk to a logical group, enabling viewing and handling groups according to which computers need special attention.

 

 

 

 

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