How modern IT leaders are using deep analytics to right-size their infrastructures (& 2019 IT budget)

How modern IT leaders are using deep analytics to right-size their infrastructures (& 2019 IT budget)

IT teams have long to-do lists when it comes to future planning. From ever-changing technologies and diverse assets, it’s a skill that is near impossible to perfect. A comprehensive IT monitoring tool, like Galileo Performance Explorer, is essential to keep your organization ahead of performance issues and plan for deviations and growth. With deep, predictive analytics and unlimited historical data, you can optimize innovation initiatives and accurately align servers, storage, SAN and cloud resources with capacity needs.  

However, capacity planning is often overlooked or avoided by organizations of all sizes. With the constantly changing landscape of IT systems and application architectures, capacity planning has become increasingly complicated for even most seasoned IT administrators. A vendor-agnostic monitoring tool can help teams keep the pace with rapidly increasing complexity, size and scope of their environment. Today’s capacity planning practice must include all infrastructure assets. Capacity planning must stay consistent with the rate of technological innovation, including the various infrastructure assets across all vendors. Infrastructure monitoring from Galileo offers enterprises guidance on how to achieve that goal with visually intuitive reporting for the top players in modern IT including Cisco, Dell EMC, IBM, Infinidat, NetApp, Nutanix, Pure Storage and VMware.

Make confident decisions with deep, historical analytics

IT managers should be able to reply upon their historical knowledge and expertise to interpret current trends and make the necessary adjustments to adapt to incremental changes. Instead of scrambling to find the needle in the haystack following costly infrastructure issues, teams should strive to be proactive, anticipating issues before they become problems.

Capacity planning allows organizations to analyze, determine and meet future demands of their changing infrastructure. However, capacity planning means nothing if it isn’t accurate. Detailed, historical data is the key to accuracy. With this information, IT teams can proactively address any performance or capacity issues that might emerge within your infrastructure. No guessing as to the root cause, or which tasks should take priority. There are a whole host of different, powerful ways to utilize this data:

  • Pinpointing usage trends that can forecast upcoming demands
  • Addressing potential performance issues before they impact end users
  • Right-sizing IT environments
  • Ensuring that support is in place where it’s needed, but the company isn’t overpaying for unnecessary resources

Singular views into multiple, disparate assets

Galileo Performance Explorer makes proactive planning for a dynamic, modern environment a simple task, because IT admins will know well in advance of their infrastructure reaching its limit. Galileo can identify current bottlenecks and empower accurate, proactive capacity planning to meet growing demand, as well as reducing infrastructure surplus and balancing demand.

Now is the time to plan for the growing needs of data storage and reliable connectivity for the coming year. Here are several tips to get going on the right track:

  1. Evaluate and analyze current usage requirements with an infrastructure health assessment
  2. Discuss growth needs for 2019 and beyond
  3. Determine unique causes for usage spikes
  4. Consider both internal and external causes of capacity shortages
  5. Develop a realistic, data-driven roadmap for expansion

With our enhanced Analytics Dashboard, users can go deeper into each asset to determine specific needs and roadmap innovation initiatives such as cloud and data center migrations and server consolidations.

Planning your 2019 IT budget?

Available budget will always be a strong determination of what can realistically be achieved when defining a capacity management practice. The realities of the real world are current-year budgets already set in stone. Given a shortage of earmarked IT funds, it can be difficult to free up additional budget to expand capacity.

With today’s complex environments, planning for IT capacity is a challenging task. The operational intelligence of Galileo makes planning easier and more successful. Unfortunately, a compelling event, such as expensive downtime due to overcapacity or latent online services, typically drives short-term capacity planning investment. However, by utilizing tagging functionality and trend data, IT managers can justify additional spend and plan budgets prior to costly interruptions.

Would a complimentary IT health assessment assist you and your organization in planning your 2019 budget and capacity needs? Connect with us today for a free trial and SME-guided assessment.

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