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Simplistically, capacity management is a supply and demand issue. Still, IT leaders know that, in practice, storage management is a complex challenge that requires balancing workloads running at many different levels, including the data center, cluster, and host level. When you add in the additional level of planning for virtual resources, you further increase the complexity of capacity management.

The ability to accurately predict VMware Capacity Management is crucial to a company’s bottom line. If a company overestimates, they are overspending, purchasing storage and hardware space that they don’t need. If they make simplistic estimates, they are at risk of under-estimating and putting themselves at risk for making large unplanned purchases due to inaccurate forecasting.

IT Leaders need to be able to more accurately track storage capacity within the virtual environment in order to forecast precise outcomes and avoid potential monetary waste, frustration, and vulnerability. VSI can help IT leaders track VMware capacity management so that they are able to make efficient and strategic capacity management decisions.

VMware Presents a More Complex Set of Challenges

VMware has the ability to enable better resource management, helping businesses to get the most out of their resources, making them more efficient, and creating flexibility in the storage environment. But only if they are managed correctly. It’s critical that enterprises don’t overlook the complexity inherent in VMware capacity management.

These virtual environments need ongoing performance and capacity management planning in order to be successful. Monitoring, managing resources, and conducting capacity planning for VMware presents a unique set of challenges, challenges that are even more complex than standard storage capacity management. As these virtual machines run workloads on physical machines in a variety of data centers, IT leaders need a robust and consistent monitoring program to keep track of all the moving pieces.

When it comes to VMware capacity management, IT leaders have to keep track of a wealth of knowledge, including, but not limited to:

  • where they are most constrained
  • when they will run out of resources
  • where potential problems may occur
  • how many more VMs will fit
  • where they should place VMs

Working with VSI gives IT leaders superior visibility into their data management across the enterprise. VSI does VMware capacity planning at the cluster, host, and VM level and delivers this unified, visual analysis to IT leaders, helping them avoid holes in their capacity management planning and fend off costly infrastructure mistakes.

Faster decision-making, a necessity to keep businesses up and running, has also served to make storage management problems more apparent. IT leaders know that their data maintenance never sleeps, and it’s imperative that your infrastructure planning can keep up. Learn how to maximize resources as data growth continues and IT budgets remain flat and help your company scale with confidence in 2021.

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Don’t Let Incomplete Data Leave You Vulnerable

Running systems in a complex virtual environment means you can’t afford to depend on incomplete data or a lack of data transparency. Let’s take the host level, for example, which is discreetly important in VMware capacity management. If you take a simplistic view of capacity planning and add up all the available capacity at the cluster level, without delving deeper, you could be greatly overestimating your available storage environment.

There is a phrase attributed to Aristotle that says, “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” That’s certainly true for VMware. The danger of merely adding up capacity availability at the cluster level is that you are adding fractions together to make a whole. You may have 35% available on one cluster, 25% on another, and 40% on another. When you add them together, you get 100%, but VMware doesn’t operate that way. You can’t split VM usage between hosts; VMware must fit entirely on one host.

Imagine the vulnerability this can cause if VMware capacity management is not done at all three levels. Only doing capacity planning at the cluster level could show that you have 31 VMs available, when in actuality if you have done capacity planning at the host level, which eliminates these fractions, you would quickly see that you might only have 3 or 4 hosts available. This kind of discrepancy could result in emergency purchases, outages, project postponement, and unnecessary stress.

VSI helps IT leaders keep plans moving smoothly, thanks to VSI tools. IT leaders are able to monitor and track VM capacity management at the data center, cluster, virtual, and physical levels with help from VSI. IT leaders can use this data to not only accurately inspect the virtual storage environment but improve forecasting and future capacity planning demands over time.

VMware requires consistent capacity management to optimize your ROI, which is why VSI helps IT leaders by organizing the data in an easy-to-use and accessible format for analysis. See how a more proactive approach to VMware capacity management can help you lower IT spend, simplify physical infrastructure, and allow for higher resource utilization. Schedule a demo to talk to a VSI data expert.

Key Takeaways

  • It’s critical that enterprises don’t overlook the complexity inherent in VMware capacity management.
  • Adding in the additional level of planning for virtual resources further increases the complexity of capacity management.
  • IT leaders need a robust and consistent monitoring program to keep track of all the moving pieces.
  • IT leaders are able to monitor and track VM capacity management at the data center, cluster, virtual, and physical levels with help from VSI.
  • VSI helps IT leaders by organizing the data in an easy-to-use and accessible format for analysis.
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