Scottish IT infrastructure analytics provider Sumerian has launched a new cloud-hosted capacity planning as a service (CPaaS) tool, aimed at giving organisations better visibility and forecasting on the capacity of their IT estates.
The company is touting the service as an easy way to test the capabilities of their IT systems to suit current and future demands.
CPaaS has been designed to enable organisations to create scenario-based modelling to test what happens if the capacity of their servers is exceeded or if parts of the infrastructure fail.
Peter Duffy, chief technology officer at Sumerian, told V3 that CPaaS can help large enterprises with on premise infrastructure constantly assess the capacity strengths and weaknesses of their systems.
"You can constantly update your baseline to see where you have room for growth and see where you are constrained," he said.
He added that the data collected by CPaaS can help businesses carry out predictive analysis to identify areas of weakness in their infrastructure, such as running out of memory or storage.
Duffy citing one of Sumerian's customers as an example of the forecasting being used to avoid such situations.
"One of our customers in the financial services space managed to avoid 300 outages in their critical applications in 2014, by using CPaaS for the prediction of [capacity] trends," he said.
Duffy went on to explain how scenario modelling can be used by IT teams to see how a business would perform if it needed to operate in a disaster recovery mode.
Feedback from the tests is delivered through the use of Sumerian's Sunburst graphical visualisation.
This allows users to pick through the data gleaned from the testing to get a more transparent view of the current and forecasted capability of an organisations infrastructure.
Sumerian said this level of testing and forecasting can be used by an organisation's IT team to make successful investments into new infrastructure and ensure that the business is ready for growth supported by robust IT with the required capacity.
As a cloud service, CPaaS bypasses the need for testing software to be installed on IT infrastructure hardware, or have costly data storage and maintenance resources assigned to it.
Sumerian said this approach will save organisation money on their IT infrastructure testing, and allow IT teams to rapidly rollout CPaaS onto systems across IT estates regardless of their location.
Cloud services are increasingly finding their way into businesses for a variety of reasons, with Pret adopting the cloud to bypass concerns over IT skills shortages.
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