By Chris Meyer, Guillermo Sanchez
To begin, let's first address the elephant looking cloud in the sky. The concept of public cloud capacity management is an oxymoron of sorts. One of the selling points for customers of any cloud providers is that their usage of the platform can scale up and down, in minutes, based on demand without any usage planning, upfront costs or long-term commitment in order to facilitate a greater level of agility to their business. Need a VM; stand one up! Need to turn down a server; go right ahead. With tools such as Cloud Application Manager this is even easier than ever, by controlling the deployment or deletion of instances in any cloud seamlessly.
While this capability has solved many operational flexibility issues businesses have encountered running applications in their own data centers, it has also exposed others that were indirectly controlled with the inherent constraints that came with running their own data center such as variable costs and governance models. Thus, the traditional capacity management practice hasn't disappeared for enterprises as much as its scope and expectations have changed and thus a resurgence in the value the position provides.
Let's quickly cover what has or will change for capacity managers as enterprises moves...