Network Capacity Planning
Successful business generates growth. This growth requires ever more sophisticated IT systems and applications to support the business. Underpinning these critical systems and applications is the Network Infrastructure. As the business grows and the critical application requirement grows, so must the network. In a nutshell, growth equals change and managing that change efficiently, without impacting normal business, is a major challenge for IT Directors and Network Managers.
The key to meeting that challenge and managing this change effectively is information. In order to properly plan network growth accurate information must be available regarding for example: -
- Current network topology and utilisation
- Proposed network topology
- Current application topology and data flow volumetrics
- Proposed application network footprint
- Business process model of predicted concurrency usage of proposed applications
In addition, the ability to use this data to produce a sophisticated model of the to-be world is essential in order to accurately predict network link capacity requirements, future requirements, likely application performance and effects of component failure.
Net Consulting use a variety of leading edge tools to gather the information, create the model and accurately deliver the requirements for your to-be world.
- Are making network changes or taking on a new network infrastructure.
- Are planning changes to your infrastructure such as server consolidation, datacentre centralisation, outsourcing.
- Are deploying new applications.
- Are deploying existing applications to new locations.
- How much of your existing bandwidth is being used.
- How much capacity and what level of latency your applications need.
- How your applications will perform with the network capacity and latency available.
- What capacity will you require in the future.
- What is the impact of a network link failure will be – is your network resilient.
Typical Activities Include:
- Creation of a network model.
- Capture & import of traffic levels.
- Monitoring of each link for utilisation.
- Bandwidth requirement estimates for future growth.
- Presentation and workshop to discuss the findings of the Network Capacity Planning exercise.