Capacity management has been utilized for decades to optimize assets on-premises. Presently, as cloud environments transform IT, this practice is being stretched out to enable holistic planning, management, and advancement of all your resources – both cloud and on-premises – simultaneously at the same spot.
For modern digital organizations, capacity and cost management are fundamental to ensure the adequate allocation of resources and budget, regardless of assets being on-premises or in-cloud, to help new, existing, and developing business services. During cloud migration, estimating resources accurately before the transition to the cloud helps prevent over-provisioning, pointless operating expenses, cloud sprawl, and excessive management intricacy.
Capacity management continues to play a critical role in on-premises assets, too. According to Gartner, approximately 28 percent of server capacity currently goes unused, along with 40 percent of storage. As applications move to the public cloud, capacity management can enable you to comprehend what on-premises assets can be decommissioned and how to ideally re-stack on-premises workloads with the assets that remain.
Across both cloud and on-premises assets, capacity management advises forecasting and planning by helping you decide the capacity levels that you’ll require across your environment, including storage, database, computing setups, and network bandwidth; and it will equip you with the savviest approach to provision them.
What the Cloud Means for Capacity Management
With the ascent ofcheap, easy-to-deploy disseminated servers and virtual machines, numerous associations have allowed for a lapse in capacity management, or have moved to a performance management approach where performance issues are utilized to flag capacity issues.
This demonstrated the significant increase in expenses caused by inefficient provisioning, as VMs proliferated throughout the environment without a clear understanding of the capacity or usage of each server. Over time, as this sprawl bloated capital costs, numerous associations came back to capacity management at some level, either through using a formal tool or through using informal spreadsheets, notes, and approximations.
It’s more challenging than ever – and increasingly significant – to manage capacity across this progressively complex environment, and to accomplish total and holistic visibility to guarantee that each service has the capacity it needs.
Capacity management likewise empowers informed decisions about which applications, services, and workloads should move to the cloud, as well as about the correct method to make those moves. Visibility into what you have, what you’re utilizing, and what you’re paying for makes it conceivable to manage costs and avoid bloat.
Capacity Management Use Cases:
Managing/Overseeing Cloud Capacity
Preventing cloud waste is a key objective of capacity management – but at the same time, it’s fundamental to guarantee adequate capacity concerning the applications and services that run on cloud assets. To maximize your cloud spend while guaranteeing a decent experience for clients and business users, you can utilize your capacity management tool to:
Determine your current condition and pinpoint design amendments that can be applied to improve the performance of cloud-based services.
Identify possible configuration remediations to empower performance upgrades. Scan cloud assets for extra opportunities for proficiency or performance upgrades, for example, recognizing assets not appropriately decommissioned or assets still accessible yet not being used.
Create new policies dependent on data-driven suggestions; for example, estimating unused or over-provisioned capacity, and so on.
Migrating On-Premises Resources and Applications to Cloud
Before any cloud migration activity, you have to understand how your on-premises framework has been provisioned and the usage patterns of those workloads. This will enable you to settle on informed decisions about the cloud assets you’ll need, including type, size, and setup.
Before moving any service or application to the cloud, it’s crucial to clean up on-premises usage in terms of effective resource utilization with the aim of avoiding over-provisioning and overpaying.
Many on-premises applications aren’t engineered to utilize modern technologies in cloud platforms. This can prompt less resource-efficient or process-productive services, leading to over-provisioning and high operating expenses.
As you see how utilization is changing with a move to the cloud, you can look at before-and-after metrics to guide choices about which on-premises assets to decommission while making decisions on how to utilize your accessible cloud infrastructure.
Upgrading/Optimizing and Controlling Cost
Effective cost control and optimization empower IT to deliver greater return on investment for the business while guaranteeing that funds remain accessible for development. To this end, you can utilize your capacity management tool to:
Monitor metrics, for example, total daily spend; daily spend per asset type (VM, database, stockpiling, etc); month-to-date spend, usage, process hours per service, and monthly and annual spending forecasts. This information can be utilized to track budget spending and distinguish any significant changes in spending. Perform a cost correlation for an active workload to perceive how its expenses would vary between various instance types and stages. Create a strategy to pause or terminate an instance dependent on use and spending limits.
Generate Cost Management Reports
To optimize spending, avoid waste, and adjust investment with evolving business needs and priorities, it’s critical to gain clear visibility into the genuine expense of each service. A capacity management tool can capture the information required for both IT and other departments of businesses to settle on cost-effective decisions dependent on the relative costs of different innovation options, and the relative productivity of the business services they power.
Associating IT expenses to applications, business administrations, departments, or clients.
Simulating the IT cost effect of framework or cost model changes. Generating cost breakdown reports imparted to stakeholders, to assist them to understand how the IT budget is being spent.
Using service cost information to charge internal groups, specialty business units, accomplices, or external clients according to their resource usage; to potentially drive organizational changes by boosting people and business units toward more optimal choices and behaviors.
To deliver the greatest value for the business, IT needs to strike the optimal balance of asset capacity, cost, and usage crosswise over both on-premises and cloud environments. By guaranteeing adequate capacity for high-quality service delivery while avoiding waste, you can get the most profit for spending, staying away from the downtime and disruptions that can send customers elsewhere.
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