Techopedia Explains Virtual Capacity Planning
Virtual capacity planning is required in order to design a virtualized system which is satisfactorily capable of sustaining its assigned workloads despite fluctuations in traffic and demand, indefinitely if possible.
In order to do this, all of the variables such as the types and severity of the workloads themselves as well as the other objectives of the system must be known. When all of these variables have been uncovered, it is then possible to determine the exact capacity and extent of the virtual environment and infrastructure we must setup in order to support those workloads.
According the capacity planning experts, by answering the following questions it is possible to accomplish capacity planning and management in its most basic form:
- What is the ideal allocation for current workload resources?
- What will be the additional resource demands for an expanded workload?
- Do I have the capacity to meet Quality of Service (QoS) requirements and how much additional capacity do I need if I do not?
- Based on historical and current trends, what are the expected resource demands in the future?