The Big Technical Changes Coming to Capacity Management

    August 24, 2015

    By Dino Balafas

    How emerging trends like cloud computing and the Internet of Things are changing the face of capacity management.

    As if it wasn’t yet difficult enough, the work a capacity planner must do to keep his or her company’s IT program moving forward just got more complicated. Even with the increasingly sophisticated use of hugely informative and helpful performance statistics like utilization rates, such as Ready Ratios reports, the continual problem is that the things these strategies are meant to measure are constantly in flux.

    Regardless of strategy, the goal of a capacity planner is to reduce the performance holdups and bottlenecks that a company’s server experiences. After precisely determining the potential of any given company’s IT resources, capacity planners can then find the most cost-effective ways to maximize productivity, and in turn, profit.

    Yet, the defining quality of our digital technology is change — especially in a technological capacity, where no one can afford to rest on their laurels. Any skilled capacity planner must stay on top of the current industry trends to ensure success, so let’s run through a few of the emerging shifts in how capacity management is being handled by IT departments.

    Lost in the Cloud

    Perhaps the biggest new challenge in capacity management is the concept of cloud computing, according to PCMag. While we’re all familiar with the idea of storing our data and files on the internet instead of through personal hard drives or storage devices, what remains undetermined is how exactly this impacts our current business models.

    While the cloud allows for a more free-form style of filing, its hybrid nature makes it harder to objectively assess. The fact that the storage is virtual and not physical makes it inherently amorphous and harder to track. So while cloud-based storage is an exciting new form of business and undoubtedly profitable in many cases (the industry generated $100 billion of profit in 2012), it’s also potentially risky.

    Because cloud sharing is inherently outsourced, it can be harder for companies to ensure that their users will experience the same short response time when interacting with this information. The information’s virtual nature also makes it harder for capacity planners to organize it in a way that business or IT executives can use to make informed decisions about general workload and computing costs.

    Taking Action

    In addition to cloud computing, capacity planners are facing the emergence of the Internet of Things. The increasingly large network of objects embedded with sensors and other software is making the goal of streamlined capacity management more and more difficult to achieve. At present, these highly varied objects are recording a massive amount of information — so much that it’s usually collected in a highly unorganized way just to keep up with increased demand.

    The sensor data collected by many of these high-tech products is crucial to their potential to increase revenue, according to Mark van Rijmenam, writing on LinkedIn. And businesses with capacity planners that understand how important this data is will have a huge advantage as we move into an IoT-dependent future.

    In enlisting the services of TeamQuest, capacity planners can work with true experts to streamline their business models related to both cloud computing and the Internet of Things. In accurately determining the cost of optimal service levels, our capable team will be able to help your IT department increase its capacity potential and effectively organize what was once a chaotic jumble of digital information.

    Though concepts like cloud sharing and sensor data are undoubtedly vague and unstructured, they can be easily honed to increase profit margins. And TeamQuest’s understanding of these strategies will have your business moving confidently into the future.

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    Category: capacity-planning