infoTECH Feature

July 30, 2009

Paragon's Partition Manager 10 Saves Data Handling Time, Money

Getting more from what you have instead of buying new makes sense at any time but especially so in today’s challenging economy. Data centers and hosting providers are in a particular crunch because the volume of information needed to be processed continues to grow unabated but with no spare resources to meet those requirements.
Enter Paragon Software, which promises to extend the lifecycle of existing data servers while simultaneously saving time and money with its new Paragon Software’s Partition Manager 10 Server. This solution allows companies to repartition multiple systems automatically and simultaneously through remote, central operations, without having to leave Windows to do it. 
By repartitioning existing server resources instead of purchasing new hardware, additional space can be had for a fraction of the cost says the company. Typically, the repartitioning process has been time consuming and cumbersome, often taking many hours for what should be a simple IT task. For a data center, what might have taken hundreds of hours in the past can now be accomplished in a fraction of the time.
Partition Manager 10 Server assists data center managers by enabling them to accomplish the following tasks in a timely manner:
*          Perform drive partitioning operations and increase system partitions (C: drive)
*          Redistribute free space between partitions and merge two adjacent partitions
*          Prepare servers for dual OS use or virtualization
*          Repartition servers remotely
*          Make images of partitions or entire drives
*          Migrate servers to new hardware and larger drives
*          Back up / restore partitions or entire drives
Additionally, by utilizing Partition Manager 10 Server, companies providing dedicated hosting services to small-midsized business customers can create new revenue streams by having the ability to offer additional service level agreement options.
Partition Manager 10 Server is available directly from Paragon Software Group’s list of authorized resellers as well as the company’s website.
“Paragon’s Partition Manager 10 Server provides complete coverage throughout the administration and maintenance lifecycle of server and desktop storage,” say Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group. “With Partition Manager 10 Server, data centers and hosting providers are able to repartition multiple servers quickly and reliably – with little to no downtime – which translates into significant monetary savings and more efficient use of existing resources.”
Partition Manager 10 follows the heels of another cost-and-time-saving solution from Paragon:
Paragon’s HFS+ for Windows. Announced and released in beta in late June, it enables the use of Mac-formatted partitions in Windows operating systems.  Utilizing Paragon’s own unique technology, the Universal File System Driver (UFSD), Paragon’s HFS+ for Windows extends the boundaries of Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows’ scalability and interoperability. The UFSD technology has been developed to provide full access to volumes of the most popular file systems such as NTFS, FAT, and Ext2/3FS under various platforms, (DOS, Windows, Linux, and Mac) when these file systems are not supported.
Paragon’s HFS+ for Windows can be installed on all versions of Windows. It eliminates the need to use complex processes on different platforms, thus reducing costs and increasing the usefulness of the user’s existing investment in hardware and software.
Key features include:
*          Read access: Gives Windows users the ability to read data from Mac (HFS+ formatted) volumes
*          Easy to install: The driver is easily installed through a user-friendly wizard
*          High performance: Transfers files at a rate similar to the native Windows NTFS file-system performance
*          No system degradation during data transfers
*          No limitation to maximum file/partition size: Must be within Windows and HFS+ limitations
 “For the past 10 years, Paragon has been developing file system drivers focused on breaking down the barriers to cross-platform communication and providing true operating system independence for our users,” says Paragon’s Fedro. “HFS+ for Windows is the latest addition to our technology portfolio, and anyone needing to use Mac-formatted partitions under Windows will find it to be an indispensable tool.”

Brendan B. Read is TMCnet’s Senior Contributing Editor. To read more of Brendan’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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