Cross-Platform Capacity Management 101
In today’s environment, a company’s data processing workload may be spread across mainframes in a data center, distributed servers in multiple geographical locations, and public or private clouds. That varied IT landscape must be managed as a unified whole if it is to effectively provide the processing, networking, and storage capabilities necessary for maintaining the service levels the business depends on.
Providing that degree of oversight and control requires the ability to collect data from multiple sources, integrate and analyze it, and produce actionable insights regarding the resources needed for both current and future demand. In other words, what’s needed is effective cross-platform capacity management.
The Importance of Cross-Platform Capacity Management
Capacity management is the process of rightsizing an organization’s IT infrastructure to ensure that required resources, such as mainframe, server, storage, and network hardware, are cost-effectively provided as needed, both now and for the future. It involves performance monitoring of key components across the entire infrastructure, comprehensive data analysis to identify potential current and future bottlenecks, and capacity planning to ensure that necessary resources are available as required to accommodate changing workloads.
This is particularly important in a multi-platform environment. Optimizing overall system performance, while minimizing total costs, requires the ability to get a comprehensive view of the entire IT infrastructure so that specific workloads can be assigned to the components that can handle them most efficiently.
The Necessity of Having Sophisticated Capacity Management Tools
According to recent studies, 30% of installed corporate servers around the world are basically sitting idle, having provided no computing services for at least six months. Moreover, a typical enterprise server uses, on average, no more than about 15% of its maximum computing capacity over the course of a year.
That’s a huge waste of financial and computing resources. And if companies knew how to better pair those resources with the workloads that need them, they would do so. But in many organizations, gathering and integrating the information required for such analyses remains a tedious, ad hoc, and mostly manual process. As Tony Lock, an analyst at Freeform Dynamics, puts it:
“The heavy dependence on Excel spreadsheets and the judgment calls of over-stretched IT staff in their spare time is probably not the best answer. A well-managed, more robust approach to capacity planning is critical.”
What’s needed is an automated, centralized Capacity Management Information System (CMIS) that can provide a comprehensive view of system-wide data in a single dashboard. And there isn’t a better example of a top-flight CMIS-based solution than Elevate Capacity Management.
Elevate Capacity Management Solution
Elevate Capacity Management collects performance and capacity information from multiple platforms in a company’s IT infrastructure, and then integrates that data into a single logical CMIS database (which may consist of multiple physical databases) accessed through a single, unified, browser-based dashboard. Sources include z/OS, IBM i, IBM Tivoli, VMware, UNIX, Linux, SQL Server, HP, Oracle, Windows, networks, storage systems, and more.
But this is not just an overwhelming data dump that IT staff must somehow correlate and interpret before they can act on it. Elevate Capacity Management examines current and recent system performance metrics to provide forecasts and capacity planning suggestions based on observed trends. It also allows “what-if” configuration modeling to determine how individual tasks and workloads can be most effectively distributed across the system.
Elevate Capacity Management houses these same capabilities in the cloud, providing hassle-free capacity management with no need for onsite software or database installations. Syncsort can manage all elements of the service, including all supporting software and storage, as well as regular updates and upgrades. With this solution, Syncsort can offer comprehensive capacity management services to companies that could not support a dedicated in-house CM team.
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