Many experts estimate that a lot of companies find the growth in the volume of their data rising by an incredible 60 to 100 per cent every year, meaning that it is doubling every 12-18 months.
It makes it incredibly difficult and expensive to address IT capacity issues if you are relying on “one-size-fits-all” on-premise servers to handle your infrastructure.
As a company, you will need to constantly buy more “tin”, hardware to store the immense amount of data and information flowing through your organisation and hire costly engineers to manage and keep your systems up and running.
Misuse of corporate storage
The whole process of analysing, planning and managing IT capacity can become even more complex when many staff misuse corporate storage for personal use, building up huge stores of images, videos and games at the company expense.
According to market advisory firms such as IDC and McKinsey, the cost of managing storage can be 10 times the acquisition of storage as implementing policies and procedures related to security, compliance, help desk and service-level agreements all require people.
The answer to such challenging capacity issues is to move your IT infrastructure to the cloud and take advantage of the flexibility that comes from using Microsoft Azure.
Cloud Adoption Framework
It is worth reading the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework to see how capacity planning is one of the core focuses of a migration process.
There is still a heavy and necessary requirement around planning and ensuring that your organisation is on the
right plan to scale out, rather than scale up, to know when large events or increases in usage are going to happen and ensure that your Virtual Machines are correctly licensed and fit the bill.
Workloads should be continually monitored after deployment so that unused capacity can be scaled or shut down. Selecting the right storage type for your needs can save the company a lot of money.
The business must communicate any fluctuations in expected load when performance testing.
Changes can be impacted from world events, marketing initiatives or by seasonal events such as holidays. Testing to ensure that the application can scale if there are unexpected events is vital, as is ensuring that all regions can cope if one region fails.
At LA NET, we are your trusted advisor in understanding the path to migrating your IT infrastructure to the cloud.