Many companies treat IT as a cost center, and budgeting in IT departments can often feel like a mystery that has to be solved, with little to no clues to help you get there. Efficient and informed capacity planning and management can be the difference between being seen as a cost center and being recognized as a valued, strategic leader in your business.
Part 1: An Overlooked Storage Capacity Planning Consideration.
Storage purchases are traditionally reactive. Today, IT Managers must lead their team to gather the appropriate storage data and predict how much and what kind of storage the organization will require, based on historical trends, to meet the future capacity needs of users and applications. While accurately forecasting storage capacity requirement alone is essential, it is equally important to plan your storage spending. Otherwise, your storage capacity plan can unexpectedly eat a hole in your IT budget.
The Challenge with Capacity Planning
Capacity planning for the storage environment is a multi-dimensional challenge. A key area often overlooked by IT Managers during storage capacity budgeting and planning process is performance requirements. Without your focus on performance requirements, capacity underestimation will result in emergency storage purchases, stripping available funds, resulting in inadequate funding to support basic IT services.
While most IT Managers focus on storage growth, additional performance requirement aspects need consideration when it comes capacity planning budgeting, such as:
- Types of storage needed to meet planned future requirements.
- High-performance storage
- High capacity (lower cost) storage
- Storage location requirements
- Based on where the applications will be located
- New Planned Application Needs
- Tier 1 needs and Backup needs
- Performance Capacity
- I/O Workload Limitations
- Response time requirements
- Availability Considerations
- High Availability Requirements
- Additional Space Assumptions
- Deduplication/Compression Usage
Delivered as a Storage Resource Management-as-a-Service (SRMaaS), Visual Storage Intelligence® (VSI) provides data-driven insights into performance, capacity, utilization and governance challenges. These insights allow you to save time, reduce costs and improve efficiency.