capacity planning

Future-Proof Your Storage with Capacity Planning

Visual Storage Intelligence’s automated capacity planning features provide instant insights you can use to evaluate your provisioning, monitor utilization, and anticipate future device usage.

Analyze past device trends. Forecast future storage thresholds. Get all the data from your multi-vendor hybrid environment in one place – no more burdensome reporting and budgets you can’t keep. Read more below!

VM Capacity Score and Costs Over Time

Manage VM Costs and Score VM Usage

Gauge capacity health with proprietary capacity scores and utilization costs for each individual virtual machine.

See days remaining until a cluster reaches capacity, plus VM build capacities for CPU, memory, and disk.

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Prevent Outages and Right-Size Workloads

Receive alerts for devices approaching or surpassing customized capacity thresholds.

Track capacity trends beyond the device level by doing planning for pools and volumes.

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Forecast Future Growth and Purchasing Needs

Use distinct modeling styles to evaluate past trends and confidently predict future device growth.

Know months in advance when you’ll need additional storage space – giving you time to budget and prepare.

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Use Responsive Forecasting to Test the Impact of Future Workload Changes

Modify capacity models by inputting hypothetical provisioning alterations and observing their expected impact on device capacities over time.

Visualize the cluster-level impact of planned future projects.

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Spend Less, Save More

Make financially savvy decisions about on-prem, virtual, and cloud storage.

Negotiate Storage Purchases

Budget with greater certainty.

Negotiate with storage vendors from a position of strength, knowing exactly what you need and when you need it.

Maximize VM Savings

See the financial value of all used (and wasted) VM space.

⇒ Estimate potential savings of moving any given device to the cloud.

Right-Size Cloud Contracts

Make informed cloud agreements, knowing how much capacity you’ll need.

⇒ Minimize cloud waste.

Get started with capacity planning as a service

Try Capacity Planning as a Service

Our stand-alone consulting service is a perfect option for busy enterprise storage professionals.

Capacity Planning FAQs

What is capacity planning?

In general terms, capacity planning is the process of determining in advance what resources you will need in order to meet demand. In IT storage, then, capacity planning involves accurately predicting how much storage you will need at different points in the future and ensuring you have enough storage available before those points.

Accurate predictions can be complex. Storage growth is rarely constant, and both resources and needs change over time. Infrastructure professionals need to consider both past utilization trends and future expectations when forecasting future capacity requirements. Then, they need to evaluate devices in use to determine if any will be at risk of exceeding capacity thresholds. If so, that means they either need to re-allocate storage to create more space on the device – or it’s time to purchase a new device!

How does Visual Storage Intelligence® help with capacity planning?

Visual Storage Intelligence provides multiple reports which give visibility and automated insights into the capacity planning process.

With multiple kinds of trends modeling, users can review past storage utilization trends and see what is likely to happen in the future based on those trends.

Users can also manipulate trends models by increasing (or reducing) anticipated workloads in order to see the impact that an expected project or other change in environment will have.

With active monitoring, users will receive alerts whenever a device approaches or crosses pre-set capacity thresholds, giving them plenty of time to take action and avoid unplanned overprovisioning or outages.

Visual Storage Intelligence also offers a separate consulting service called Capacity Planning as a Service (CPaaS). With CPaaS, a personal storage capacity expert will work with you to analyze and evaluate your enterprise environment through quarterly capacity planning reports, monthly calls, purchasing recommendations, workload optimization guidance, data migration cost-savings analyses, and more.

All of this is provided through both services at multiple levels of storage across on-prem, hybrid, and virtual environments. That means you can use our automated, customizable capacity analyses for virtual machines, clusters, devices, pools, volumes, the cloud, and more.

What capacity planning problems has Visual Storage Intelligence® helped clients solve?

We have helped clients solve numerous capacity planning problems. Here are just a few examples:

  • Discovered pool-level growth on a device that was assumed to be dormant, allowing time for the device’s workloads to be reallocated – preventing an outage or potential emergency $1 million purchase if the device had reached capacity without warning.
  • Reduced reporting time by 50%, allowing this team to reclaim an entire FTE’s worth of time that had previously been used for building manual capacity planning reports.
  • Reduced yearly capacity ticket requests by 99% thanks to capacity threshold alerting.
  • Provided details about how many days remain until each cluster reaches capacity, giving companies a clear timeline for their VM capacity planning.
  • Shown how much money is being spent on unused VM space – and how much money could be saved (or lost) by migrating given workloads to the cloud – based on standard storage rates.
  • Helped teams budget more accurately, purchase devices early enough to avoid supply chain problems, and negotiate storage purchases with confidence, knowing how much storage they’ll need (and how much they won’t need).

Is capacity planning reporting included in a standard Visual Storage Intelligence® subscription?

Yes! With a standard subscription you have full, 24/7 data collection and reporting – including all of our capacity planning visibility and insights. Plus, you can try us out free for 30 days.

The only thing not included is Capacity Planning as a Service – this is a separate consulting service that leverages the insights available through Visual Storage Intelligence’s reporting and combines them with the expert insights of a capacity planning consultant.

Do I need a standard Visual Storage Intelligence® subscription in order to get Capacity Planning as a Service?

No; Capacity Planning as a Service can be contracted on a stand-alone basis or paired with Visual Storage Intelligence’s standard reporting analytics subscription. Mix-and-match in whatever way works best for you!