Games Workshop, the leading designer and manufacturer of fantasy miniatures, selected Paragon Software Group’s Paragon Alignment Tool (PAT) to boost server and workstation performance due to misaligned partitions.
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 boosts server performance for little investment in time or dollars.