An Antidote To Overprovisioning

In addition to my own posts, I also write for CloudTweaks, an authority on cloud computing. My most recent post focuses on a common IT issue: overprovisioning as a means to outpace demands on a dynamic and growing cloud server system. The article features solutions provided by Austin, TX-based CopperEgg. Here is an excerpt:

CopperEgg LogoThere are many situations in this world – both the virtual world of computing, and the real world, where preparedness means having more than you need. Stocking up on food, medicines, or printer paper and toner makes it easy to get things done in a timely fashion rather than having to run back out to the store.

But this preparedness comes with a price. Materials that sit on shelves waiting to be used occupy space and devour available funds. They must have great and tangible value to justify their existence, which is why so many large manufacturers rely instead on just-in-time delivery and lean techniques to ensure a smooth flow of supplies without the costly overhead.

These same efficiencies are also essential in maintaining virtual systems, but this still feels uncomfortable to administrators charged with the responsibility of keeping systems both functional and up-to-date. In the days when much of a network depended on hard physical assets such as servers and memory, it was common for admins to over-purchase as a practical alternative to the cost in labor, time and funds to buy and install upgrades on spec, or the danger involved in keeping extra parts on the shelf. It was much easier to simply buy more than needed and install it all at once…

To read the full article, please visit CloudTweaks here.

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