Trends Report

Market Overview: Capacity Management And Planning Tools In 2013

Reap The Agility And Financial Benefits From Emerging Infrastructure

April 18th, 2013
With contributors:
Doug Washburn , Elizabeth Langer

Summary

The emergence of inexpensive server technology and cloud infrastructure has caused many IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals to simply dismiss the need for accurate workload and resource planning efforts. Why? Today's modular computing architectures, fueled by virtualization and different forms of clouds, promise flexible capacity to absorb increasing workloads. But this thinking is dangerous, because virtualization is dependent on properly managing and planning capacities in networks, storage, and computing power, and because the financial advantages of cloud depend on your ability to successfully plan the capacity required to run your applications. To reap the agility and financial benefits of emerging infrastructure, you cannot ignore capacity management and planning. This report evaluates the benefits of capacity management and planning, offers I&O professionals practical advice to implement capacity management and planning, and identifies the leading tools and vendors to consider.

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