To prevent an overload to the system when this data is sent, the data is not all sent at the same time. The data is randomly sent over an interval of time. A value in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Altiris\Application Metering registry key on each client computer determines the length of the interval. The name of the value is Fuzzy Factor and its default value is 10.
This value specifies the time interval when the data can be sent as a percentage of the total batch creation time. For example, the data is sent to the CMDB every seven days (168 hours) and the Fuzzy Factor value is 10. Then the length of the interval is 10% of seven days or about 17 hours. Half of this interval precedes the specified send time and half of it follows. Thus the time interval in which the data is sent would start after about 159 hours and end after 177 hours.