Capacity management and methodology

Capacity management and methodology

In enterprise, capacity analysis promotes the assessment of production processes and workflows in order to correctly speculate output rate.

In all cases of manufacturing, maximum possible output of current facilities must be achieved. Capacity management has been an integral part of company operations management since the Industrial Revolution.

When determining both long- and short-term company strategies, the ability to understand your current assets and limitations toward achieving objectives is of immeasurable importance.

IT systems and capacity management

In 2015, Fortune 500 companies collectively made $12.5 trillion in revenue. Surveys taken since 2006 show that in 2015, an average of 4% to 6% of a company’s revenue goes into its IT budget. This proves that there is a steady annual increase in costs, in 2007 the annual mean was 2.8%.

Fortune 500 companies spent over $620 billion on IT hardware and software systems in 2015.

2010 to 2015 market research on global IT budgets show that companies tend to overspend by margins of minimally 8% to a staggering 25%. Yet despite, often exponentially, increasing systems complexity, critical business dependencies and rising consequential costs, dedicated capacity analysis is still at its outset.

In 2014, a Gartner report stated the need for enterprise to focus on the capacity and performance of its IT systems. It has been emphatically repeated by numerous IT think tanks, architects and technology watch journalists. Gartner’s 2015 “Market Guide for Capacity Management Tools” report estimates that by 2018, over 30% of global enterprise will be using capacity infrastructure management tools, up from 5% in 2014.

Capacity management enables cost-competitive insight and supports much needed systems agility.

Effective capacity analysis

Capacity Management is a cornerstone for enterprise ROI tracking. The starting point of any sort of capacity development planning process must be founded by determining the capacity of existing facilities. Once this is attained, different levels and individual priorities can be considered.

There are 4 steps that insure conclusive effective capacity analysis.

1.) Identify and determine key systems components and the factors of production delivery

2.) Determine a development framework, it should take the following points into account:

  • The area of assessment and context
  • The assessment objective
  • The assessment mandate (current method of work)
  • The imperative of change and change readiness (if needed)

3.) There can be no effective data analysis without considering:

  • Levels of capacity, there must be a holistic understanding of the differing factors involved
  • Types of capacity, an assessment of priorities considering production, distribution, incentives and/or sanctions (limitations), company policy and culture and so on
  • Themes of application, the capacity development framework enhances assessment accuracy so that effective strategy may be implemented
4.) Final overall implementation will depend on context and may be incremental, by identifying realistic steps forward, or through gap analysis. Gap analysis is the method whereby the final goal is highlighted and the differences between the current situations (i.e. the gap) define what is missing and which steps to take.

Concluding factors

Finally, there are several significant peripheral factors to consider when approaching the topic of capacity management:

  • Everything is an ongoing development process. History creates the present. Analyzing the present helps identifying the best course of action in the future.
  • Retain a pragmatic approach to the amount of collected information. If there is a need for intervention then this must be relevant and realistic.
  • A bird’s eye view is essential for a holistic approach; however sweeping general implementations should be avoided. Conclusions should be solution orientated and specific in order to guide correct compartmentalized action.
  • Structured self-assessment in processes delivers ownership in analysis and is always preferable for initiatives of change.

References:

– B2B International

– Computer World:

– Computer Economics:

– Gartner:

– Harvard Business Review:

– Sumerian:

– The Economist:

 

Webcast: Capacity planning with Tao Yang

Earlier this month Tao wrote a great blog outlining the features of our Capacity Reports MP. Join us for his follow up webcast!

Register today for the ‘Capacity Planning using OMS and OpsLogix Capacity Report Management Pack‘ webcast with Tao via Eventbrite here:

Eventbrite - Free Webinar - Capacity Planning using OMS and OpsLogix Capacity Report Management

Event description:
In this webinar, Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter MVP Tao Yang will demonstrate how to plan and forecast your infrastructure capacity using Microsoft Operations Management Suite Capacity Planning solution and the OpsLogix Capacity Report Management Pack for SCOM. capacity

On the day sign in as a guest and access the event via this URL: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/meetings/join?uuid=M6L2AQTSI5LSP9TDLGHKYDBHG7-9L7B

Wednesday 3 February 2016
Los Angeles 13:00
New York 16:00
London 21:00
Amsterdam 22:00

Thursday 4 February 2016
Sydney/Melbourne 08:00

You can read Tao’s blog where he discusses the similarities and differences between OMS and our Capacity reports MP in the lead up to the event here [http://blog.tyang.org/2016/01/07/capacity-planning-oms-vs-opslogix-capacity-reportsmp/].

New Update for “OpsLogix Capacity Management Pack V1.0.1.0”

We are happy to announce a new update release V1.0.1.0 for our Capacity Management Pack.

This version of the Management Pack is upgrade compatible with the previous release (v1.0.0.98). If you have already purchased the Management Pack and have a valid support contract, you can login to the customer download area and download this version.

Version 1.0.1.0 contains following changes:

  • Report Interface changed: make more readable the Rules, counters, objects
  • Various fixes related to the capacity prediction (see ChangeLog text file)

For more information please contact OpsLogix sales (sales@opslogix.com)

A year in review, OpsLogix achievements in 2015

It was a busy and exciting year for OpsLogix in 2015. It included product releases, product updates, events and tradeshows, new staff and some exciting company achievements. It’s already looking like 2016 is shaping up to be another successful year!

Firstly, we want to thank our partners and supporters for their hard work and devotion to OpsLogix in 2015. We truly are grateful for your ongoing support and dedication.

This year we released the Capacity Reports Management Pack. This MP provides user-friendly forecast reporting on every aspect of the System Center Operations Manager data warehouse. There is no longer a need to manually establish data sources and queries. This MP accesses the OpsMgr data warehouse where it can forecast a scenario of selected tasks based on usage.

We also released ProView. A flexible user-friendly Visio based visualization tool that enables the complete dynamic visualization of all of the data being monitored in System Center Operations Manager. It’s also currently the most affordable dashboard solution in the market!

We provided the following product updates this year:

  • Oracle MP (FRA and pooling MP) – We’ve added FRA (Fast Recovery Area) alerting and we have changed some coding to make the monitoring node highly available by utilizing the SCOM resource pool feature
  • Oracle MP and OMS – We’re one of the first to offer our end-users who are already using the Oracle MP and testing or using OMS, the opportunity to collect the Oracle log details in OMS. You can learn more about this here
  • VMware MP – Our updated release of the VMware MP includes new features and continuing improvements including cookdown for all the MP modules, over 50 new ESX Host and Virtual Machine performance counters, datacenter health state monitors, stand-alone EXS Host monitoring and more which you can read about here
  • Capacity Reports MP – We’re in the process of addressing incorrect object readouts as well as enabling it to forecast Service Availability. Stay tuned for the official new release update soon.
System Center Universe 2015 Europe

System Center Universe 2015 Europe

This year we attended so many exciting events and tradeshows including the SCU tradeshow in America, Asia and Europe, Ignite, SCOM Day, MMS Minnesota and hosting the OpsLogix Partner Day.

We were thrilled to attend Ignite 2015, it was certainly the biggest in the history of Microsoft annual events so far! This year Microsoft stated that they would start embracing open source systems and software development on all fronts.

We really enjoyed the opening keynote presentation by Satya Nadella where he stated that

“Microsoft’s enduring mission is to: Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, in all parts of the globe(!)”

We were really interested in his discussions around the Cloud and Microsoft’s welcoming of different software systems and its embracing of the IoT (Internet of Things).

What to expect in 2016?

Well, we’re currently in the process of updating the BlackBerry MP to support BES 12 and we’ll be monitoring the Oracle Exadata and the cell to cell/ container feature of Oracle 12c.

Make sure you stay connected to hear about the latest from us. We have some new and exciting social media channels! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, Vimeo, Instagram & Pinterest!

If you require any additional information about any of these products or updates mentioned, feel free to contact us via email over the Holiday period.

New Update for “OpsLogix Capacity Management Pack V1.0.0.98”

We are happy to announce a new update release V1.0.0.98 for our Capacity Management Pack.

This version of the Management Pack is upgrade compatible with the previous release (v1.0.0.67). If you have already purchased the Management Pack and have a valid support contract, you can login to the customer download area and download this version.

Version 1.0.0.98 contains following changes:

  • Fixed bug related to the empty data shown (a zero percentile or incorrect data) in the reports due to server original settings.
  • Various bug fixes related to the performance of retrieving data.
Using the Thresholds in the Forecast Performance Percentage Value Reports

Using the Thresholds in the Forecast Performance Percentage Value Reports

The Capacity Reports Management Pack contains a set of reports that give you a powerful forecasting tool for your Operations Manager environment. This blog focuses on the “Forecast Performance Percentage Value Report” reports.

Besides providing forecasted capacity values, the Forecast Performance Percentage Value Reports allow you to identify thresholds in time to proactively respond to the forecasted capacity issue and resolve it before it causes downtime or becomes an issue.

Consider the graph above. The graph shows a steady decline in free disk space (of a particular storage device) over time. The X- Axis shows the date and the Y-Axis shows the percent of free disk space expressed in a percentage. The blue line represents the actual data in the SCOM data warehouse on the free disk space (of a particular storage device). The red-dotted line represents the forecast line (or trend line) for the free disk space data points. When looking at the forecast line, we can see that the trend for free disk space is downwards towards 0%. This would mean that (at point T3 in the graph) the disk would be completely out of free space. Now, as we know, being out of free disk space only means bad things and potentially angry customers or users. Ideally we would like to know well in advance that we are going to run out of free disk space so that we can proactively take action such as cleaning up the disk, or extending the disk.

The “Forecast Performance Percentage Value Report” reports are specifically designed to help you avoid a situation where you would unexpectedly end up at point T3 in the graph, where you have 0% free disk space left. By letting you set thresholds, the report allows you to receive warnings on approaching capacity issues.

When we examine the configurable parameters in the “Forecast Performance Percentage Value Report – displays all capacity objects” report, there are two parameters that can be set in order to receive a warning before the disk is at capacity (T3). The two parameters that can be set are:

  • Number of days for Warning Level
  • Number of days for Critical Level

The “Number of days for Warning Level” corresponds with point T1 in the Free Disk Space graph. When we set the “Number of days for Warning Level” threshold, it will cause the report to show a warning when this threshold is breached as shown in the image below. In this example, the threshold is set to 150 days. This is the distance in days between T1 and T3 on the graph.

The “Number of days for Critical Level” corresponds with point T2 in the Free Disk Space graph. When we set the “Number of days for Critical Level” threshold, it will cause the report to show a critical state when this threshold is breached, as shown in the image below. In this example the threshold is set to 100 days. This is the distance in days between T2 and T3 in the graph.

You might also notice that the “Today” point is still to the left of T1 and outside of the area between T1 and T3. If today is 1-Jan-2016 and T3 is 10-June-2016, the number of days between Today and T3 is 165. Thus, the number of days until capacity (T3) is reached is 165. This means that in this case, “Today” is outside of both the warning (T1) and critical (T2) thresholds set, and therefore displaying a healthy state in the report as shown below.