Right-Sizing Your Cloud Capacity Requires a New Way of Thinking
What business doesn’t want to save money? The cloud has a reputation for offering outstanding performance at a low cost, but that isn’t always the case; it all depends on utilizing the right amount of resources and ensuring that you have enough storage to handle your needs without overpaying for any unused resources. For organizations that have primarily had their storage on-premise, migrating to the cloud requires a different mindset.
Imagine your storage as a restaurant with 100 seats available, and you’ve divided those seats into 10 tables. Now, if your storage is on-premise, you tell each table head that they can invite 15 people to their table. That’s 150 seats, more than you have, but you do this because you know they won’t fill that many seats. This kind of over-provisioning takes place in data centers around the world, and IT leaders who are used to working on-premise are accustomed to over-provisioning their storage for the simple fact that it can be expensive to suddenly run short of resources and have to quickly buy and deploy more.
However, this same kind of over-provisioning doesn’t work in the cloud environment. By treating the environments the same, many organizations find themselves surprised by cloud computing costs and struggle to accurately budget for usage. Cloud storage dynamically expands to meet needs, which means that IT leaders have to realize that the old way of monitoring storage performance won’t work.
In order to make cloud storage work for your organization economically, VSI helps IT leaders more accurately monitor their storage environment, giving IT teams advanced warning of any problems through consistent reporting. In an on-premise storage environment, where over-provisioning is essentially a non-issue, VSI won’t alert you, but in a cloud environment, where over-provisioning will cost you more money, VSI will now alert you to potential over-provisioning storage issues.
With VSI the Data You Need is Just Two Clicks Away
Wrongly-sized storage environments are a major contributor to wasted spending, so why is right-sizing an operation that is frequently ignored? Primarily for the fact that right-sizing is often a more complex operation than it initially assumed. For example, VMWare offers vRealize Operations (vROps), an application that monitors cloud environments and incorporates predictive analytics. However, using this product, it might take 10 to 15 clicks just to get to the data that you need.
Now with VSI, the data you need is just two clicks away. The greatest benefits to right-sizing your cloud storage are infrastructure optimization and reduced costs, which is why VSI makes it easier for IT leaders, helping you to quickly and easily get to the data you need. This new functionality from VSI can also help IT leaders to right-size their VMWare by taking into account compute and memory utilization. By tracking trends over time and comparing cloud versus on-premise versus multiple clouds, VSI’s analytic tools will help you think of cloud storage in a new way.
Right-sizing is an ongoing effort, one that requires you to consistently keep track of your storage environment to ensure that resources are utilized efficiently. VSI helps IT leaders with tools to monitor their storage environment and measure cloud storage metrics, allowing you to effectively right-size your cloud infrastructure.
Join VSI for an upcoming webinar, Right-Sizing Your Cloud Capacity in Two Clicks, where you’ll learn about:
- Storage Allocation/usage
- Egress Rates
- Virtual Machine Resource Allocation