What trends do you see affecting capacity planning and IT operations in 2015

This year, Gartner predicts a resurgence of focus on capacity management as IT infrastructures become increasingly complex. We think the recent advances in WiFi networks will only add to this. We’re also seeing hybrid cloud strategies on the rise (with 82% of enterprises having a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 74% in 2014) and continued growth in the popularity of XaaS.

With technology constantly evolving and increasing volumes of unstructured data, we look ahead to what’s in store for 2015, and beyond. We examine some of the trends emerging that are likely to affect IT operations and your capacity planning efforts.

Trend #1: Capacity Management is Coming Back Into Focus

While capacity management as a discipline has been around for a while now, as we go into 2015 we are witnessing a resurgence in focus. A recent Gartner Report, titled Market Guide for Capacity Management Tools, published on January 30, 2015, stated, through 2018, more than 30% of enterprises will use IT infrastructure capacity management tools for their critical infrastructures to gain competitive advantage, up from less than 5% in 2014.

So what are the drivers behind this?

The continued growth in the adoption of cloud computing, technologies like virtualization and ever rising levels of business demand have contributed to an increasingly complex IT environment.

In the same Gartner report, the expectation from the business is: Digitalization
produces pressure for high-performing infrastructures that are agile and are capable of deploying new services rapidly and cost-competitively. Not only this, but the old throw more tin at it philosophy is not cutting it anymore when faced with a growth in demand, hardware refresh or rapid deployment – decision makers are cautious of over-investing.

Against this backdrop, the insight provided by applying new capacity planning approaches like predictive analytics and highly accurate scenario modeling to make confident decisions is vital. In our on-demand webcasts, you can learn about new approaches and rising technologies for accurate scenario modeling. Click here to download the webcasts.

Trend 2: The Rise of Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud strategies, combining physical infrastructure with public and hosted cloud services is on the rise with 82% of enterprises having a hybrid cloud strategy, up from 74% in 2014.

We expect this shift to continue as organizations aim to exploit the best of private and hybrid cloud.

As the size and expectations of IT infrastructure’s capabilities continue to grow, there is the need for IT operations management and capacity planning capabilities to take control of the hybrid environment. Getting a holistic view across your entire infrastructure will be vital to truly optimize capacity and ensure cost effective performance that meets the organization’s needs.

Trend 3: Continued Growth of XaaS

We see a continued comfort level and trend towards all things as a Service as 68% of organizations are running SaaS apps and 55% of enterprises confirming that a significant portion of their existing applications have been built with cloud-friendly architecture. It can be expected that a move to SaaS and the cloud will continue as organizations exponentially increase global spending on converged infrastructure to reach $17.8 billion in 2016. These organizations will want to consider SDDC or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) as they seek to optimize their IT environments to meet workload needs.

Now Capacity Planning is also being delivered as an on-demand, cloud-based service (CPaaS), giving instant visibility and accurate forecasting across this entire IT estate, regardless of the location of hardware or services. With no upfront investment required and a continual growth in confidence for migrating business critical functions to the cloud, it is likely that more and more organizations will look to solutions such as CPaaS.

Trend 4: IT Complexity is Growing At An Alarming Rate

IT complexity is not a new by any means, but the rate at which complexity is growing has raised concerns. According to Glass Law For every 25 percent increase in problem complexity, there is a 100 percent increase in complexity of the software solution. While this refers to software development, it puts into context similar complexity issues an organization may run into when dealing with increased application demand or a hardware transformation.

Trend 5: Capacity Planning is More Complex Now Than Ever with the Latest Wifi Advances

The significant advances in Wi-fi speed, which allows for the ability to transmit data-heavy or complex files, is adding another layer of complexity to an already complex capacity planning process. The reason this disrupting trend will impac t capacity planning is that the latest Wi-fi networks will be able to cope much better with big/complex files. This means more folks will be transferring more data and the increase in demand transferring large files will potentially max current IT infrastructure resources and be hard for IT Managers to predict capacity related catastrophes. IT managers will need to have a way to keep a close/accurate eye on capacity, using sophisticated solutions like Sumerian’s Capacity Planner that can do complex predictive data modeling.

With complexity considered to be the number one cause of IT failures, new tools and techniques are needed to help cut through that complexity, enable proactive capacity management and to anticipate likely problems before they impact.

Inside our recent webinars, we address how some of these rising technologies are continuing to present IT challenges and how capacity planning and advanced predictive analytics will improve business-critical performance, operational efficiency and de-risk your IT.

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Author Sarah Ager