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A resilient debut ... Portfolio 8 puts focus on flexibility ... Diskeeper 10 stops defrag lag.

A Resilient Debut

In January, Yossi Sheffis "The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage" debuted at No. 1 on Amazon.coms list of best-selling Enterprise IT books. Overall, seven new books made it on this months list, while martin fowlers book—which dominated the list the last three months—slipped to fifth place.

  1. The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage
    By Yossi sheffi, The MIT PRESS, $19.77 hardcover
  2. Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyotas System is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It
    By Michael N. Kennedy, Oaklea Press, $17.79 Hardcover
  3. Enterprise Integration Patterns: Designing Building, and Deploying Messaging Solutions
    By Gregor Hohpe; Bobby Woolf, Addison-Wesley Professional, $38.73 Hardcover
  4. Enterprise SOA: Service-Oriented Architecture Best Practices (The Coad Series)
    By Dirk Krafzig, Prentice Hall Ptr, $32.49 Paperback
  5. Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture
    By Martin Fowler, Addison-Wesley Professional, $49.49 Hardcover
  6. Red Hat Fedora and Enterprise Linux 4 Bible
    By Christopher Negus, Wiley; Package Edition, $32.99 Paperback
  7. IT Architecture Toolkit (Enterprise Computing)
    By Jane Carbone, Prentice Hall Ptr, $34.99 Hardcover
  8. Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide
    By Mark Cade; Simon Roberts, Prentice Hall Ptr 1st Edition, $26.09 Paperback
  9. Enterprise Solutions Patterns Using Microsoft .Net Version 2.0: Patterns & Practices
    By Microsoft, Microsoft Press, $19.79 Paperback
  10. Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT
    By Shadan Malik, Wiley, $29.70 Hardcover

As compiled for eWEEK by Amazon.com from its sales database, from Jan. 1 through Jan. 31

Portfolio 8 Puts Focus on Flexibility

With the latest release of its Portfolio digital asset management program, Extensis focuses on flexibility, letting users manage photos pretty much any way they want to.

One of my favorite features in Portfolio 8, which was released late last year, is the new Scratchpad gallery. Using Scratchpad, I could easily create a collection of photos for printing or sharing. This was much easier than having to create a full catalog item for these images (although you can still do that for more permanent or ordered collections).

I also liked that I could create custom sorts within a gallery simply by dragging and dropping images and that I could set up private, password-protected galleries.

Extensis Portfolio 8, which costs $199.95, runs on Windows and Mac OS X systems. For more information, go to www.extensis.com.

--Jim Rapoza

Diskeeper 10 Stops Defrag Lag

A couple of new features have been added to Diskeepers Diskeeper 10 that make the defragmentation software more suitable for todays servers and applications.

New in this release is native support for 64-bit processors and enhanced support for large data volumes. During tests, Diskeeper 10 ran well on a Hewlett-Packard 9600 workstation with an AMD Opteron 2.6GHz 64-bit processor. With the new Terabyte Volume Engine, Diskeeper 10 can defrag large volumes on DAS, NAS or SAN environments, and up to eight defrag jobs can be run at a time.

One of the most annoying things about defragmentation tools and other disk-intensive utilities (such as anti-virus scanners) is that they tend to slow applications to a crawl while they are running. Diskeeper 10 gets around this with its I/O Smart feature, which can see incoming I/O requests and pause the defrag process until the disks are idle. This will allow IT managers to run defrag jobs without bringing down applications.

The desktop-class Diskeeper 10 Professional Premier Edition costs $49.95; the Diskeeper 10 Server Enterprise Edition with remote management capabilities costs $999.95. Go to www.diskeeper.com for more information.

--Henry Baltazar