It’s no surprise that IT teams are more and more engaging in proactive capacity planning: It should be a prerequisite of any initiative to ensure that the right resources are in place before any challenges arise.
Through the lens of IT, improper capacity planning can lead to all kinds of performance issues and other operational hang-ups. But rather than focus on the pitfalls, today we’re taking a look at all the benefits enterprises can reap when their capacity planning goes off without a hitch, thanks to the infrastructure performance management insights provided by a solution like Galileo.
1) Eliminate the ‘fire-fighting’ mentality
If your IT team still has a fire-fighting mentality in place, where staff must rush in to address performance issues and outages as they happen, you’re being reactive instead of proactive. In the current landscape, any disruption or slowdown translates to very real losses, in terms of productivity, brand reputation and ultimately, your bottom line.
When focusing on capacity planning across your infrastructure, taking into account usage patterns and potential issues, vigilance can become preparedness, allowing you to develop clear, easy to deploy action plans for any issues that might roll your way.
2) Prevent performance issues
Building off this last point, capacity planning enables your internal team to proactively manage available resources and stop any performance issues from reaching end users, or even happening in the first place. Many performance hang-ups can result from a lack of available support, but capacity planning helps ensure that even the furthest edges of your IT infrastructure are well underpinned with the right IT resources.
This is made possible through the use of predictive analytics, which illuminate trends for CPU, memory, IOPS, throughput and latency of your most critical infrastructure systems. Best of all, real-time notifications enable your IT team to step in when necessary – well ahead of the firefighting stage.
3) Stay on-schedule (and on-budget) with migration plans
Capacity planning is a critical part of nearly any IT-centered initiative, but becomes particularly essential in cloud migrations. When it comes time to migrate killer applications from one environment to another, your IT team must first ensure that the new environment is able to support the app’s and end users’ needs.
And now that so many critical workloads are being offloaded from internal infrastructure to the cloud – including 83 percent of all enterprise workloads by 2020, according to Forbes – planning ahead with these key moves is more crucial than ever before. Capacity planning takes the guesswork out of migration for your team, and can even prevent any hiccups that might lead to extra, unplanned expenditures. Keeping your migrations plans on-schedule and on-budget has never been easier.
4) Keep your finger on the pulse of IT resources
Overall, capacity planning can provide an array of key advantages, not the least of which is maintaining a steady eye on your available IT resources. Visibility into your IT infrastructure is imperative, and capacity planning, with the help of analytics from an industry-leading infrastructure performance management solution, ensures your team has the tools it needs to support these needs.