Tuesday, February 23, 2010

(WCPI): Windows 7 Improves ... But Only a Little

The latest WCPI snapshot – taken at 12:00AM EDT on 2/23/2010 – shows the Peak Memory Pressure Index value for Windows 7 improving, but not by much. An influx of new Windows 7 systems in the past few weeks is serving to reshape the exo.repository’s demographics. And this, in turn, is being felt in the WCPI calculations, which are becoming increasingly influenced by Microsoft’s latest and greatest.

Figure 1 – Windows 7  WCPI Index Values (Interactive)

The above is good news for IT shops concerned about Windows 7’s memory consumption habits. The above trend has helped drop the percentage of monitored Windows 7 systems showing excessive memory use to just below 75% – an 11 point improvement vs. our previous analysis pass, which was based on data through January, 2010. We’re hoping that, as even more Windows 7 systems come online, these numbers will normalize further and we’ll be able to offer an ever more accurate reading of the broader Windows 7 installed base.

Unfortunately, the news is not so great for Windows Vista users. Fully 79% of Vista systems we monitored continue to show signs of high memory pressure and related paging activity. IT organizations should factor this into their consideration of when to migrate away from Microsoft’s much-maligned Windows 7 predecessor and to the newer, less RAM hungry Windows 7.

Note: The above data points were compiled from the hundreds of millions of system and process metrics records that have been uploaded to the exo.repository by participating member sites. You can keep tabs on all of our research findings by visiting our web site: www.xpnet.com. There you’ll find a wide selection of interactivechart objects and free monitoring tools that you can use to compare your own systems to the WCPI and similar independent research metrics published by the exo.performance.network.


Unknown said...


Listen the cat is out of the bag here. You have been proven wrong. Your software doesn't do what you claim it does. Namely;

a) Secure. Your software is not secure and does not use SSL and your security certificate has expired.

b) Privacy. You maintain no privacy policy and you yourself have claimed (since revoked) that you are able to indetify individual users.

The game is up for you sunshine. Your credibility has been shot to pieces, the only people who believe anything you say are those who are truly gullible.

Do you have any pride left? If I were you just fess up and get some closure on this.

Randall C. Kennedy said...


The software is secure. ZDNet's experience was based on a faulty registration script on our end, which in turn, was tripped up by the abrupt switch-over from Windows Sentinel (which was controlled by InfoWorld) to our own registration process. We simply weren't prepared for one of our co-branding partners to suddenly pull the plug without any advance notice - which, BTW, was a violation of our hosting contract, but whatever. All traffic should now be travelling in SSL encrypted form over port 443.

As for the certificate, we meant to get that renewed and it simply slipped through the cracks. However, since our client agent is configured to ignore certificate errors an establish an SSL connection anyway, this was not a priority issue for us. We'll renew it shortly.

And fess up to what? Trying to offer a set of valuable free services to the Windows community? Or doing our best to interpret the data collected and offer our analysis of what it means for said community? Which part of the above is so sinister?

But I don't expect any of the above responses to satisfy the troll kingdom. All we can do is hope that more rational minded people will see through the flamebait and understand what a tremendous sacrifice we've made in order to deliver such a unique service to the world.


Daniel H said...

I would love to see a similar service for Linux pop up somewhere.

Lord_Unseen said...

Is this Daniel H character another pseudonym for Kennedy or just some overzealous, if not slightly deluded, fanboy? If it's the former, this whole thing is just getting ridiculous and you should probably just give up. If it's the latter, he's got a level of delusion on par with the iPad defenders.

Unknown said...

Daniel H, well there is some good news.
Performance monitoring on Linux is easier, more secure and more private.


Or there is always nagios