My employer is looking at deploying NTFS defragmentation software that uses the Windows MoveFile API to defragment open files. This would get deployed to thousands of SQL Server servers running SQL versions from 2005-2012 and Windows versions from 2003 and 2008 R2. If it matters, the product I'm talking about is PerfectDisk, but I believe there are similar programs that work the same way.
Testing so far hasn't turned up many problems aside from occasional I/O performance issues, which is no surprise and can be worked around by rescheduling & tuning the defragmentation. However, I'm more concerned about the risk of data corruption.
Does anyone here have experience with running this type of software in production on database servers? Did you experience any data corruption?
I'm rather uneasy about this despite being unable to find any solid evidence that it poses a problem.
Thanks for any replies.
Edited to add: This horrible idea was thankfully just forgotten about, possibly in part due to some of the warnings I gave.