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Is your default approach to storage capacity planning responding to problems as they arise? This reactionary approach to capacity planning isn’t economical, but it is also leaving your business vulnerable to frustration and uncertainty. There is a better way. 

To make good decisions about storage and infrastructure, IT leaders need access to reliable, data-driven insights into performance, capacity, utilization, and governance challenges. VSI provides IT leaders with efficient and reliable tools that enable transparency and data confidence.

Storage capacity planning should be simple and actionable and should include both traditional storage capacity planning plus VMware capacity planning. By providing IT leaders with a unified, visual analysis across their multi-vendor storage environment, VSI helps companies track growth trends, forecast precise outcomes, and make more informed strategic decisions.

Capacity Planning at Two Levels

If you’ve ever played baseball, you know you don’t just stand there and wait for the ball to come to you. The ball may look like it’s passively rolling around on the ground towards you to field in your glove, but then it hits a rock and bounces away, leaving your glove empty. A reactionary approach doesn’t win baseball games, and it doesn’t win in business either. Capacity planning needs something better than a wait-and-see approach.

At VSI we know that IT leaders are trying to maintain the delicate balance between current and future strategies, the workloads and needs of their teams, and overall IT budgets. That’s why we help IT leaders achieve capacity planning for both traditional storage and virtual host environments. If you only look at one part of your environment, you are bound to miss critical details.

Learn how to maximize resources and help your company scale with confidence. Over the past year, IT leaders have dealt with increased levels of uncertainty and faced unprecedented challenges. As IT leaders were pushed into faster decision-making to keep businesses up and running, storage management problems became more apparent. IT leaders know that data maintenance never sleeps, but you can make this the year you implement business-transforming solutions through smart and efficient infrastructure planning.

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Storage Capacity Planning

Don’t pay for upgrades you don’t need. One of the keys to successfully optimizing your storage environment lies in multi-level capacity planning. In most cases, IT leaders have typically done capacity planning, tracking storage usage and growth trends, at a high level, without any detail. But it’s this lack of detail that leads to missing knowledge that can cause businesses to miss seeing trends and result in either capacity shortfall or emergency purchases.

Let’s say that you have two big arrays, both doing production, and you’ve divided the workloads 50/50 between the arrays. Before long, it appears that one of the arrays needs a costly upgrade. From the array level, where the majority of capacity planning is done, there seems to be no reason why one array has reached capacity faster than the other. But a more detailed look at the pool level shows that the growth trends for one array were different from the other. Rather than investing in an upgrade, all that was needed was to change the workloads.

IT leaders need easy access to the critical insights required for efficient and smart infrastructure planning. High-level storage capacity planning often doesn’t include enough data to see these details. If it appears that some parts of your traditional storage environment are performing nearly at capacity, VSI can help identify workloads that could be moved around to reduce capacity on specific arrays, successfully extending the life of your storage environment and saving money.

VMware Capacity Planning

Adding virtual resources to the storage environment only increases the complexity of capacity management. Much like you can’t solely depend on one level of reporting for traditional storage, you also can’t afford to depend on incomplete data in your virtual environments. VMware requires consistent capacity monitoring at the data center, cluster, virtual, and physical levels. 

A lack of data transparency within the virtual environment frequently leads to one common problem, greatly overestimating your available storage environment. If you’re only doing storage capacity planning at the cluster level it could appear as if you have plenty of space. But VMware has to run wholly on one host, and that means your fractional storage space may not be able to accommodate as many additional VM’s as you were anticipating. This kind of discrepancy could result in emergency purchases, outages, project postponement, and unnecessary stress.

VSI can help IT leaders know how many more VMs will fit in their storage environment and where they should place VMs, in addition to providing superior visibility into their data management across the enterprise. 

IT leaders need to see the trends across the whole environment. That’s why VSI simplifies your storage management process by organizing independent data elements into a unified, visual analysis across your multi-vendor storage environment. By having a single pane of glass across the enterprise IT, leaders can save time, reduce costs and improve efficiency. All of this is done without burdening teams with learning new systems or protocols. Schedule a demo to talk to a VSI data expert.

Storage Capacity Planning: Key Takeaways

  • To make good decisions about storage and infrastructure, IT leaders need access to reliable, data-driven insights.
  • IT leaders need to see the trends across the whole environment, otherwise, they are bound to miss critical details. 
  • VSI helps IT leaders do capacity planning for both traditional storage and virtual host environments.
  • By having a single pane of glass across the enterprise IT leaders can save time, reduce costs and improve efficiency. 

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