A leading designer and manufacturer of fantasy miniatures, Games Workshop, utilized Paragon Software Group’s Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT) to increase its server and workstation performance, which was lagging due to misaligned partitions.
A publicly-quoted company with international direct sales operations, Games Workshop, employs both a modern VMware virtual server environment running Windows 2008 Datacenter and a legacy physical server environment running older Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 operating systems.
“We had a number of older servers that we migrated into our virtual environment and noticed that we did not get the performance that we expected,” said Jon Howell, North America IT Director for Games Workshop. “A little research revealed that since they were older OS versions, the partitions were not aligned correctly. The Paragon alignment tool cleaned things up nicely and increased the performance.”
In the recently issued IHS iSuppli report “Hard Disk Drive Pricing: Will it Reach Pre-Flood Level in the Near Future?”, prices for hard disk drives are expected to remain above pre-flood levels through 2014. Paragon Software’s partition alignment tool is perfect for extending the life of hardware still utilizing older operating systems; it also increases server performance for little investment in time or dollars.
Partition alignment tool ESX benefits include increased I/O performance of virtual machines by a factor of 2X to 3X; control, management, and alignment centrally and remotely of dozens of virtual drives belonging to different virtual machines (no need to manually install software on every virtual machine); and reduces the complexity and hardware requirements of alignment projects (no need for extra storage, because PAT performs in-place alignment – no migration required)
“As the use of virtual machines continues to expand, partition alignment is becoming more and more relevant to the IT departments that manage servers and workstations utilizing older versions of Microsoft operating systems,” said Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. “Paragon’s line of partition alignment software is specifically designed with a powerful feature set and easy-to-use interface to ensure maximum performance from older operating systems running on new, advanced format drives (AFDs).”