Detailed capacity planning


Detailed Capacity Planning Prevented a $1M Purchase | Fortune 500 Transportation Company


Most capacity planning is done at the device level. But sometimes there are warning signs hiding under the surface. For this company, using Visual Storage Intelligence® and Capacity Planning as a Service helped them look deeper and avoid a major problem.

The Problem

Standard Capacity Planning Gave False Sense of Security

Like most teams, this enterprise infrastructure staff typically does capacity planning at the device level. During a recent capacity planning review, they looked at one of their 60+ devices and found no significant growth.

At only 66% effective capacity used with minimal 12-month growth, this NetApp device was not projected to increase more than a couple of percentage points within the next 12 months. In other words, everything looked fine!

The Outcome

Capacity Planning with Visual Storage Intelligence® Revealed a Hidden Danger

Because they use Visual Storage Intelligence® to do capacity planning, however, they received an alert for the device indicating that some of it’s pools are expected to need additional capacity in the next six months. Although the device analysis showed no signs of upcoming growth, they decided to dive into Visual Storage Intelligence’s® Capacity Planning by Pool reports.

Out of more than 25 pools, most were barely used and some even trended negative. Everything must be fine, right?


The Impact

$1M in Unplanned Spending Avoided

Four outlier pools reported significant growth trends – so significant that another six months of similar growth would require another 900 TB of effective storage for the device to function. And to get that much effective storage, they would need to purchase over a petabyte of total space to cover the overhead.

Without Visual Storage Intelligence®, they would not have noticed this until the last minute. They likely would have faced a $1,000,000 unplanned purchase.

Instead, Visual Storage Intelligence’s® premiere capacity planning features – plus detailed best-practice alerting – warned them half a year in advance so they had time to prepare and make adjustments.