Archive for Server Technology

Data Access on Android Tablets

By Tom Fedro

Thomas Fedro discusses Paragon Technology in Android-based TabletsThe prevailing standard in hard drive format is Windows NTFS. This has presented some challenges with technology with other formats (like Linux) in that data and media stored in the NTFS format is incompatible for viewing and use. The Paragon Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology is here to bridge the gap.

Paragon Software’s unique UFSD Technology provides full access including read, write, format, delete, copy. It works within nearly all of the major kernels including Linux, VxWorks, eCos, Mac, Windows, and DOS. It offers access to NTFS, HFS+, ext 2/3, FAT16, and FAT32 where the systems would not be supported otherwise. It’s small size and fast delivery makes it easy to manage and operate. There’s no need for other libraries and it supports all NTFS features.

Acer recently chose UFSD for its Iconia Tab A500 and Iconia TabA501 lines, allowing the Android product based on a Linux kernel to access data and media stored in the NTFS format. Ultimately, end users of the product will be able to have full access to file systems which otherwise would not be supported. Paragon’s UFSD-based NTFS for Android driver will enhance the capability of the tablets, since most hard drives are formatted for NTFS. Without the driver, a user would have to reformat to the older FAT file system in order to gain the access.

With the driver, a user can attach a hard drive formatted for Windows via the tablet USB port, making it a value-added feature for Acer. Users can download and stream multimedia products to their hard drive but only transfer immediately desired files via USB storage. UFSD Technology has been designed to provide the highest possible read/write performance as well, which means transferring data is fast and effortless. Importantly, the read/write performance also ensures that media playback is top-notch, which is critical for quality output of Hi Definition and Blu-Ray media.

We’re excited Acer chose this product to push their tablets a step above the competition, and we’re happy to see our efforts working in the marketplace.

Solving Virtual Server Performance Issues

By Tom Fedro

Virtual server performance is always a concern. You may have 15 virtual machines (VM) on one server but only enough resources to have 7 in a “hot” or live state at any given time because of RAM or CPU limitations. With Paragon Sofware’s Connect to Virtual Disk technology, you can access virtual disks in a cold state and treat them as a local drive. Create new virtual environments, exchange data, allocate new space or clone specific partitions – essentially have access to all the VMs on the server without increasing overhead.

Connect to Virtual Disk performs a number of functions, all while the virtual disk is offline:

  • Accomplishes partitioning operations of any complexity
  • Permits the exchange of data between physical and virtual disks, between virtual disks of different vendors, or between a virtual disk and its snapshots
  • Allows for the correction of boot issues, visuses or malware
  • Enables partitions or entire virtual disks to be cloned, file systems optimized, and sectors edited or viewed
  • Performs defragmentation of NTFS and FAT file systems

Connect to Virtual Disk is based on Paragon’s Virtual Image Management (VIM) exclusive technology that enable Paragon to work with virtual disks as if they are ordinary hard disks. Developed in 2007, VIM has been successfully integrated into many of Paragon’s mainstream products. For more information about VIM and Connect to VD, please click here.

The Economic Upside to Virtualization

By Tom Fedro

Companies across all industries have seen an explosion in file-based storage, with many organizations increasing their storage amounts by 40 percent to 120 percent a year. In fact, it is estimated that within two years, over 75 percent of new drive capacity purchased will be dedicated to storing, organizing and protecting files. One of the reasons for this is the severe under utilization of available storage resources. With many organizations deploying large numbers of geographically dispersed file servers, utilization is often below 15 percent.

Finding a cost-effective way to manage storage “sprawl” has become a priority, with virtualization a leading trend. When implemented with a solution such as Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager or Partition Manager for Virtual Server, virtualization provides undeniable economic advantages. Server utilization is maximized without impacting performance or data availability. Moreover, the use of differential and incremental backups can decrease backup times and storage requirements – an important benefit, as 80 – 90 percent of data backup files are typically aged or low priority files. Data can be quickly exchanged between physical and virtual disks, and backed up to any destination. And data management can be simplified overall, freeing up IT resources for other priorities.

Visit Paragon Software’s Backup and Recovery for Business page to learn more about Paragon’s virtualization technology.