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Reduce Waste by 25% with Capacity Planning

Our predictive AI models provide instant insights you can use to improve your budgets, lower OpEx, streamline operations, and plan for the future.

Budget With Accuracy & Avoid Surprises

Use distinct modeling styles to evaluate past trends and confidently predict future device growth and performance.

Know months in advance when you’ll need additional storage space, and monitor for performance changes and outliers.

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Track capacity trends beyond the device level by doing planning for pools, volumes, clusters, and resource groups.

Forecast Future Growth and Purchasing Needs

Limit spending and gauge capacity health with proprietary capacity scores and cost metrics for each individual virtual machine.

Compare costs in the cloud vs. on-prem and identify cloud growth and opportunities to save money and improve ROI.

Use Responsive Forecasting to Test the Impact of Future Changes

Modify capacity & performance models by inputting “what-if” scenarios and observing their expected impact on clusters or device capacities over time.

Test out your plans ahead of time so you be fully prepared – and make the best strategic decisions.

What is Visual One Intelligence? Part 2: Forecast Capacity & Performance

The capacity management capabilities of Visual One Intelligence were exceptional and enabled customers to substantially reduce storage infrastructure costs by accurately pre-planning growth requirements.

— Enterprise Management Associates,
EMA Radar for Storage Intelligence


Capacity Planning Case Studies

Capacity Planning Automation Reduced Our Reporting Time by 50%

“Including the efforts needed to maintain our prior tool’s infrastructure, we saved an entire FTE – plus significant cost savings between the tools.”

Capacity Planner | Fortune 500 Financial Institution

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Detailed Capacity Planning Prevented a $1M Purchase

Most capacity planning is done at the device level. But sometimes there are warning signs hiding under the surface. This company used Visual One Intelligence™ to look deeper and avoid a major problem.

Fortune 500 Transportation Company

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There are 3 common mistakes we see tons of enterprise IT storage teams make when doing capacity planning. But they can easily be avoided – IF you know what they are.

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Capacity Planning FAQs

In general terms, capacity planning is the process of determining in advance what resources you will need in order to meet demand. In IT storage, then, capacity planning involves accurately predicting how much storage you will need at different points in the future and ensuring you have enough storage available before those points.

Accurate predictions can be complex. Storage growth is rarely constant, and both resources and needs change over time. Infrastructure professionals need to consider both past utilization trends and future expectations when forecasting future capacity requirements. Then, they need to evaluate devices in use to determine if any will be at risk of exceeding capacity thresholds. If so, that means they either need to re-allocate storage to create more space on the device – or it’s time to purchase a new device!

Visual One Intelligence provides multiple reports which give visibility and automated insights into the capacity planning process.

With multiple kinds of trends modeling, users can review past storage utilization trends and see what is likely to happen in the future based on those trends.

Users can also manipulate trends models by increasing (or reducing) anticipated workloads in order to see the impact that an expected project or other change in environment will have.

With active monitoring, users will receive alerts whenever a device approaches or crosses pre-set capacity thresholds, giving them plenty of time to take action and avoid unplanned overprovisioning or outages.

Visual One Intelligence also offers a separate consulting service called Capacity Planning as a Service (CPaaS). With CPaaS, a personal storage capacity expert will work with you to analyze and evaluate your enterprise environment through quarterly capacity planning reports, monthly calls, purchasing recommendations, workload optimization guidance, data migration cost-savings analyses, and more.

All of this is provided through both services at multiple levels of storage across on-prem, hybrid, and virtual environments. That means you can use our automated, customizable capacity analyses for virtual machines, clusters, devices, pools, volumes, the cloud, and more.

We have helped clients solve numerous capacity planning problems. Here are just a few examples:

  • Discovered pool-level growth on a device that was assumed to be dormant, allowing time for the device’s workloads to be reallocated – preventing an outage or potential emergency $1 million purchase if the device had reached capacity without warning.
  • Reduced reporting time by 50%, allowing this team to reclaim an entire FTE’s worth of time that had previously been used for building manual capacity planning reports.
  • Reduced yearly capacity ticket requests by 99% thanks to capacity threshold alerting.
  • Provided details about how many days remain until each cluster reaches capacity, giving companies a clear timeline for their VM capacity planning.
  • Shown how much money is being spent on unused VM space – and how much money could be saved (or lost) by migrating given workloads to the cloud – based on standard storage rates.
  • Helped teams budget more accurately, purchase devices early enough to avoid supply chain problems, and negotiate storage purchases with confidence, knowing how much storage they’ll need (and how much they won’t need).

Yes! With a standard subscription you have full, 24/7 data collection and reporting – including all of our capacity planning visibility and insights. Plus, you can try us out free for 30 days.

The only thing not included is Capacity Planning as a Service – this is a separate consulting service that leverages the insights available through Visual One Intelligence’s reporting and combines them with the expert insights of a capacity planning consultant.

No; Capacity Planning as a Service can be contracted on a stand-alone basis or paired with Visual One Intelligence’s standard reporting analytics subscription. Mix-and-match in whatever way works best for you!