Infographic: Capacity planning drives efficiency

Making the most of your VMs also leads to cost savings

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Capacity planning provisions hardware for the future based on current use patterns and expected growth. Credit: Medioimages

Capacity planning provisions hardware for the future based on current use patterns and expected growth. Credit: Medioimages

One of the thorniest issues in IT is getting the most out of hardware while continuing to ensure top performance of mission-critical applications. IT managers can easily equip networks for peak periods and walk away, but that means resources will be underused the rest of the time.

Virtual environments add complexity to provisioning, as VMs in data centers move from host to host as needs change and blocks of storage become available. The requirements of the overall system scale up and down as demands change, making it harder to predict growth and plan resource allocation. The result can be over-provisioning, which can lead to a lot of scrambling and putting out fires rather than productive work.

The solution is capacity planning, which is the process of provisioning hardware for the future based on current use patterns and expected growth. The process employs software that determines how many VMs a network can support by profiling the machines, or mapping out which machines are used for what purpose and how much capacity would be needed under likely conditions. Predictive modeling can then be used to find the provisioning sweet spot.

Planning leads to savings

Many organizations have turned to VMware vSphere with Operations Management to handle their capacity planning needs, helping them achieve significant cost savings on top of what they’re already banking using vSphere alone and allowing them to reassign machines to areas where they will be used more efficiently.

Operations Management also puts IT managers in position to better predict the future needs of their organization. It allows them to track network storage usage data, which they can assess to determine how much longer existing capacity will suit the needs of the organization.

Want to know more? The following infographic captures the cost and performance benefits of Operating Management, as reported by VMware customers. Click below to expand:

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Jamie Swedberg
Jamie Swedberg covers technology, management and business trends for ComputerUser, Twin Cites Business and a variety of other trade publications. She is based in Athens, Georgia.
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