Capacity Planning Scenarios Part 3: Planning for the Peaks

Video created by Anson McCook Expert on Mar 4, 2016

    This video is Part 3 of a series of videos outlining how to accomplish different capacity planning use cases in VMTurbo Operations Manager. Please see this post for all videos in the series: Video Tutorial: Capacity Planning Use Cases




    Ok, running a plan using Historical Baseline & Peaks functionality is a helpful one especially for those in an industry with high seasonal demand. Let’s review an example. To start, let’s set the scope to a particular cluster or datacenter. Next, let’s open up the Baseline menu. Select “Use state from history:” You’re now able to use the slider at the bottom to scroll back in time and select a peak period of utilization. You can toggle the different resources at the top to plan for a specific resource spike. Select the point in the time and click “Ok” and “Done”. Now that we’ve got our Peak baseline set, let’s add some additional workloads to find out what hardware is needed to support new load on top of peak utilization. Let’s open up the Demand panel and add some additional VMs based on existing workload. Now let’s run. We now know what hardware is required to keep the environment in a desired state when running at a historical peak supporting additional workloads. The Workload view in the Plan is another way of visualizing the impact of the decisions at the bottom. Here we see we can eliminate the risks associated with VMs running on heavily utilized storage and hosts, and instead operate in the desired state on the right. We can then save this plan and export to PDF.