Capacity Management & Planning

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Understanding the infrastructure usage and optimizing it to provide greater service levels, while envisaging and planning future requirements, is the key to success for any cloud-based network.

— Brought to you by the 2X Cloud Computing Team

The key to success for any business lies in effective management and planning of resources. With increasing business demands and growing competition, leveraging resources is even more important. Adding to the already existing core organizational challenges is the consideration of cloud computing technologies and BYOD networks. In the current cloud era, it is a tough challenge for businesses to plan and manage resources to consistently meet changing business demands. This is mainly due to the fact that the exact resource capacity details are hidden under the scalable virtualization layer.

What is Capacity Management and Planning?

While Capacity Management and Planning are used as one phrase, capacity management is all about ensuring that adequate resources are available for all business processes and the quality, performance and service levels of each business procedure is met. In the same way, Capacity Planning is about estimating infrastructure requirements like computing resources, network and storage resources for present and future business processes and preparing a strategy to acquire and manage them in a cost-effective way. In simpler words, capacity management is about squeezing maximum capacity from existing infrastructure. There are three important items involved in this process as follows.

  • Businesses should plan their requirement and acquire sufficient resources
  • Businesses should envisage future demands and be ready to meet these requirements
  • Capacity management and planning should provide cost-effective solutions

How important is it?

Understanding the infrastructure usage and optimizing it to provide greater service levels while envisaging and planning future requirements is the key to success of any cloud-based network. Here are certain reasons why IT professionals need to plan and manage resources.

  • Bottlenecks can be identified and effectively resolved before services are affected
  • Greater service levels are met by squeezing optimal performance from resources
  • Envisaging future requirements and planning ahead reduces operational expenses
  • Develop consistency in production and performance
  • Quality of work is improved while redundancy is eliminated

One of the important methods used by a capacity management team is to identify resource usage through trending charts. By analyzing this data, the team ensures that present and future business processes use highly scalable IT solutions at cost effective prices. However, this method has its own limitations when it comes to private cloud computing networks. With constantly changing business requirements and resource usage stats, businesses need to focus on efficient planning and management tools. By using the right capacity management tools, businesses can analyze their infrastructure needs, determine resources that need to be upgraded or replaced and adopt newer services or technologies at the right time.

How does 2X Software help?

Capacity analytics is an important feature available in 2X Remote Application Server, which enables you to assess resource usage and effectively envisage future business needs. By tracking the resource consumption of components such as memory, network, disk I/O, disk space and CPU resources, you can calculate the remaining time for the exhaustion of each resource. Additionally, you can try a multitude of test scenarios to be ready for various types of future business needs. By implementing the age-old supply / demand theory, capacity planners can ensure that resources work to their full capacity, while being cost-effective as well.

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Giorgio Bonuccelli is a Marketing and Communications Director at Parallels. Giorgio has extensive experience in cloud computing and virtualization, with a background of many years in multinational corporations (Dell, EMC and McAfee). In his career he has filled different roles, from sales to training and marketing. This wide-ranging experience and flexibility helps him simplify concepts and write content that is easy to read and understandable even by newcomers to the subject. As a blogger and technical writer he has published more than 1000 papers.

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