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Games manufacturer boosts server and workstation performance with Paragon Alignment Tool

Partition alignment tool for ESXA 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).”

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Paragon Alignment Tool Extends Life of Hard Disks; Beneficial During Time of HDD Shortage and High Price Point

Paragon Alignment Tool Extends Life of Older HardwareIn 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 that is still operating on older OS; it also boosts server performance for little investment in time or dollars.

Partition Alignment Tool ESX Benefits

  • Measurably increase I/O performance of virtual machines by a factor of 2X to 3X
  • Control, manage, and align centrally and remotely dozens of virtual drives belonging to  different virtual machines (no need to manually install software on every virtual machine)
  • Reduces 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).”

Storage Visions Announcement: Welcoming Insight Integrated Systems into the Fold

If you are at Storage Visions conference today, stop by our booth and say “Hi”!

We are happy to announce that Insight Integrated Systems as our new VAR partner! The will be promoting the Hard Disk Manager (HDM) and Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT) line of products.

For the full release, visit our 2012 News Page.

Windows XP Alive and Well as It Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

According to StatCounter, Windows XP maintains over 35 percent of the operating systems (OS) market share currently installed in the United States (over 50 percent worldwide).* MSNBC’s technology reporter, Suzanne Choney, highlighted this fact in her recent article, “Windows XP Turns 10, Still Thrives;” she surmises that XP will remain with us still for quite some time, given the economic environment — not to mention users’ high comfort level with XP, “Many who have stayed with XP just find it like a well-worn slipper, not ready to be thrown out and too comfy to give up.”

With Windows XP keeping a firm grip in the marketplace, technology designed to bridge the gap between the aging operating system and newer applications and appliances will continue to be relevant. Paragon Software offers an assortment of software tools and applications to help IT professionals keep their systems running XP in ship-shape condition while minimizing technology investment dollars.

Two of Paragon’s XP-compatibility technologies were spotlighted this week in Enterprise Storage Forum by Kenneth Corbin (author of ESF’s “Vendors to Watch” column) in “Paragon Software Targets OEMs, VARs with Niche Storage Tech”:

  • Partition alignment technology with PAT 3.0 and ESX (launched earlier this month) ensures partitions are aligned on physical and virtual machines, increasing performance and longevity
  • Universal File System Drivers, help differing platforms communicate properly

If you would like to learn more about our products and programs, please give us a call at 888-347-5462 or send us an email to info@paragon-downloads.com.

*As of October 2011 (http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-US-monthly-200910-201110-bar).