Eliminate the Guesswork and Size Your Systems with Confidence
Let’s say that you’re about to introduce a new application, but you have no way of knowing how it will impact system performance. Or possibly your busy season is just around the corner and you are losing sleep at night wondering whether Black Friday will crash your current system. Maybe you’re thinking about upgrading to new Power Systems hardware, but you don’t know which server is right for your business. Unless your team already has the tools and the know-how to execute an accurate capacity planning exercise, it’s time to call in the experts.
The capacity planning services conducted by the Fortra team helps you eliminate the guesswork and size your systems with confidence. We’ll examine the historical performance data on your system using our proprietary tool and apply our proven capacity planning methodology to ensure your systems will run smoothly any time of the year.
And if you are one of the many customers that previously relied on IBM Techline for capacity planning – don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
Our capacity modeling serves IBM i, AIX, VIOS, and Linux on IBM Power Systems and can size Linux on x86, Solaris, and HP-UX to fit on IBM Power Systems. Our tool, Performance Navigator, securely feeds data from Collection Services, NMON, and/or SAR to the Windows client nightly and condenses the history files on your system—all proven to have little or no overhead. Our capacity modeling can also be performed on-prem or in the cloud.
Performance Navigator is the only product in the world that can take your actual business performance data from the previous year – without impacting storage and performance on your existing systems – and then provide the exact recommendation for sizing your next server.
Up-to-Date Power Compatibility
Performance Navigator is also compatible with the latest Power features and uses them to their fullest extent. The exclusive “What-If Function” enables seamless business growth by leveraging that compatibility. Listed below are some of the key Power items that it takes into consideration:
- Consolidates multiple LPARS with different operating systems like IBM i, AIX, VIOS, and Linux
- Normalizes different collection intervals from NMON and Performance Collections
- Provides Virtual Shared Pool analysis
- Balances multiple frames during the analysis
- Provides PowerVM recommended settings
- Handles the latest PEP2 – analysis with cost recommendation
- Provides Disk modeling including NVMe and SAN
- Uses IO stats for input into StorM
- Helps size HA/DR systems for PowerHA, Logical Replication or even Db2 Mirror for IBM i
- Produces an executive report showing the number of processors, memory, and storage
Capacity planning is more of an art than a science. It takes years of experience working with systems of all sizes to develop the keen sensibility and proven methodology that promotes success in every scenario. Before your make your investment proposal, allow an expert to arm you with the data you need to get buy-in from the rest of the business.
Capacity planning is a total team effort. It takes a ton of communication between the IT team, internal stakeholders in other departments, senior management, and your business partner. A capacity planning expert can help you project manage and make sure the right people have the right information at the right time.
Capacity planning is a major project. Hardware investments are expensive, whether it’s a moving to a new server or switching to external disk. Even if you’re trying to save costs by moving to the cloud, you still need to know that your capacity will support the workload you have today with room for growth in the future. Our expert analysis and recommendations can give you that peace of mind.
What You'll Receive
Depending on your needs, our capacity planning experts will provide any of the following, with room for growth built into each capacity planning analysis.