The importance and logistics of capacity planning

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Guest blog: Jason Zhang, Rocket Software.

Jason Zhang is the product marketing person for Rocket Software’s Backup, Storage, and Cloud solutions.

When it comes to capacity planning in your IT environment, do not underestimate the importance or the difficulty involved.

Capacity planning is crucial to the health and wealth of your sphere, but as stated, it doesn’t come without its challenges.

In fact, one of the most well-known online enterprises of our time got capacity planning so wrong at one point, that consumers were completely enraged. Back when a very popular album was set to be released, the vendor wanted to try selling it for less, in an MP3 format that customers could download with its cloud service.

Sounds like a good idea, right? On paper, yes.

In truth, it was a total disaster. Their servers began to stall; downloads became impossible, which utterly exasperated fans who were eagerly awaiting this new album.

The problem in this scenario has to do with failed capacity planning. The online vendor had underestimated how many hungry fans were out there waiting for the download. The moral of this story is to make clear the necessity of capacity planning – and at the same time, how challenging this type of planning can be.

The right products can help continuously monitor storage usage

The story presented above is not meant to leave IT teams fearful and hopeless.

Some might be tempted to think that if that vendor was not able to appropriately plan regarding capacity, how will their teams be able to successfully do it?

The good news is that there are products and tools readily available on the market today which make capacity planning easy. Some of these tools are capable of efficiently monitoring usage patterns and utilisation of storage. Alerts can even be sent in relation to the levels of usage, and policies can be prompted when thresholds are reached.

Most users are relieved by this since it means time is not wasted by shortages that were not expected regarding capacity limits.

Simulations can be utilised to test various scenarios

With the help of the right tools, users can set up simulation exercises which will create differing paths and test the results before execution. This way, a variety of effects regarding migration can be tested in order to see how the results will impact capacity. It certainly goes without saying that the tools available today offer a huge advantage to it teams around the globe in their data planning pursuits.

Automatic features make capacity planning a breeze

With the helpful products at the fingertips of consumers today, IT teams will be delighted with the results they experience in incorporating these tools into their departments.

Teams will enjoy the ease of enabling a feature that makes data distribution an automatic process. In fact, expired files, log files, and temporary files are able to be deleted or migrated automatically with the implementation of these products. In the event of an over-capacity situation, these tools can be configured to delete or migrate specific files.

Policies can also be enabled to monitor certain groups of data, while certain tasks can be accomplished on large groups of files. All of this makes the administrator’s job much easier when it comes to trying to manage huge data environments.

The right tools offer ample information for capacity planners

The beauty of the tools on the capacity planning market today is that many of them offer substantial reports on a vast selection of factors.

Some of those factors include usage of data and resources. The reports which display resource usage will show users their storage resources and the space being utilised, as well as trends which are crucial for accurate capacity planning.

It might interest you to know that these valuable reports can be customised to the time frame which is most convenient to the individual user. Did you know that data usage reports are excellent at helping to identifying which files are being accessed on a regular basis? These reports also make clear what space is available on the source volume and the amount of space being utilised on the target volume.

With the help of modern capacity planning tools, you will be given all the appropriate information to examine your storage usage and trends, and thereby ensure proper capacity planning.

In fact, capacity planning has never been easier with the implementation of these products and tools. By implementing these tools, management of data groups will be seamless, as will be the enabling of automation and alerting capabilities into your system.

Your file system will be managed efficiently and your storage information will be gathered appropriately in order to promote organisation and assess how critical certain data may be. Costs are reduced and resources are maximised. What a delight to live an age when tools that make capacity planning easier is right at our fingertips!

Jason Zhang is the product marketing person for Rocket Software’s Backup, Storage, and Cloud solutions.