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Server capacity planning gets an overhaul
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This chapter is included in the Tuning performance and capacity management E-Book.
As data centers continue to virtualize resources and move to the cloud, server capacity planning poses new challenges and opportunities. While trends like virtualization and the cloud have enabled profound scalability, they also require IT professionals to better plan for peaks and spikes in virtual server capacity. This article on server capacity planning examines the principal issues for modern-day server capacity management. It outlines the key steps in a capacity-planning strategy and discusses some of the business-specific and technology-related factors that IT pros should consider as they outline their strategy. Finally, it explores the capabilities of capacity-planning tools that may help IT professionals as they embark on the task of forecasting server needs for six months, two years, even five years down the road.