IT Still Struggling to Deploy the Right Cloud Instances at the Right Time

    May 24, 2017

    By Scott Adams

    With IT budgets constantly under fire, it’s time to take a fresh look at how you determine which cloud resources should be deployed to maximize efficiency.

    There are two huge risks that IT must stave off at all times—and they both can be found in the realm of capacity management.

    The first is obviously the risk of service-ending outages due to a lack of capacity, which frustrates customers and causes the potential loss of thousands of dollars in sales. The second is subtler, but often even more costly: the steady waste of IT budget due to overprovisioning. With only 17 percent of IT managers proactively managing optimized IT operations, there’s a lot of room for improvement.

    Appropriately sizing virtual machines can be a difficult task—especially given the near-infinite number of variables involved in determining how much capacity you will need later on. It may seem like a best practice to provision just enough capacity to deal with the absolute worst-case scenario. But the reality is that approach can end up costing you as much as (or more than) a service outage itself.

    According to TechTarget, “Overprovisioning is a huge and very pervasive problem, and I think it's because it is one of the only ways people have to manage risk in their IT environment.”

    Deploying the right cloud resources at the right time is a balancing act: deploy too few, and the network will experience slowdowns and outage; too many, and you are wasting precious budget away and leaving important resources unutilized.

    IT professionals who want to achieve the right balance are now turning to rightsizing.

    What is Rightsizing?

    In short, rightsizing is the process through which IT teams can help ensure they are resourcing their virtual machines and other network components properly. The aim is to save companies money by deploying the right resources in the right place at the right time to ensure service availability—without ever wasting money on overprovisioning.

    Rightsizing can only be accomplished if IT leaders have access to real-world usage statistics for each individual VM in order to ensure they are optimized. However, many IT teams lack the sort of holistic system knowledge required to achieve real, cost-effective rightsizing.

    According to ComputerWeekly, this visibility is required “to be able to know where to draw down and spin up the appropriate instances of cloud to be able to position applications best, for their optimal performance from both a cost and computing point of view.”

    This sort of high-level visibility can only be achieved through the use of data analytics and predictive algorithms. And with networks growing in complexity, keeping a watchful eye on resources across a hybrid network made of on-prem, off-prem, virtualized, and cloud resources is a challenge.

    The Holistic Approach

    Businesses deploy any combination of on-prem, off-prem, virtualized, and cloud resources to build out their network infrastructure. The result is a complex system that requires top-of-the-line tools to monitor and maintain visibility. While overprovisioning cloud resources can be a costly error, doing the same for on-premises hardware can result in expensive and unnecessary hardware upgrades.

    In order to ensure each individual piece of your infrastructure is optimized, you will need a level of visibility that only the Vityl Suite from TeamQuest can offer.

    What makes TeamQuest unique from other performance and capacity management solutions?

    TeamQuest has the ability to merge data from every part of a complex network infrastructure and streamline the information into easy-to-read, at-a-glance views. This helps your IT team determine the best sourcing options and manage IT health and risk in physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

    If overprovisioning is the problem, the visibility offered by TeamQuest can help solve it.

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    Category: cloud