Trend Analysis & Capacity Planning

Trend Analysis & Capacity Planning

Trend Analysis and Capacity planning are important steps that need to be undertaken in modern-day IT environments but what are they?

Why should you be using them?

Trend Analysis

Trend Analysis in the process of looking at current trends in order to predict future ones and is considered a form of comparative analysis. As an example Fifosys use this in their support ticketing system to identify systems or users that have generated a significant number of calls and what actions could be taken to reduce those calls in the future i.e. replacing the faulty hardware or providing the end user with additional training. In practice it can be used across the whole IT estate to look for trends in network traffic, server utilisation, data growth, application usage and many more.

Without trend analysis you would not be able to perform comprehensive Capacity Planning.

Capacity Planning

Capacity planning by definition is the process of determining the production capacity needed by an organization to meet changing demands for its products. In IT this phrase is used as an alternative to capacity management which involves estimating the compute, storage, hardware, software and connections required to deliver the current IT provision and any required future peaks. For example if you hosted an online e-commerce platform and you were planning on running a TV sponsorship campaign, you would want to ensure you had performed the correct level of capacity management to cope with the additional visitors to your site during the campaign.

With several cloud providers such as Amazon and Microsoft Azure charging based on a consumption model, capacity planning is more important than ever. If your environment is incorrectly sized you could be paying for resources that are underutilised or not required at all. On premise virtual environments also have a large impact on the resources and capacity utilised within an organisation. Because of its nature, new virtual servers are very easy to create. As a result, some organisations are in danger of “virtual server sprawl” where new servers are created for every requirement without assessing the impact on the capacity of the environment as a whole. 

Fifosys use a number of audit tools to analyse the current environment, including collecting performance data and metrics so we can help you plan accordingly for the capacity of your environment or advise you on what resources you would need if you were considering migrating to a public cloud platform.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

James Moss

Technical Director

James Moss