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Five steps to capacity planning

Capacity planning is no easy task. This series of tips is designed to help value-added resellers (VARs) and networking consultants architect networks that support their customers' organizational and business growth.

Capacity planning is no easy task. This series of tips, reposted courtesy of SearchNetworking.com, is designed to help value-added resellers (VARs) and networking consultants architect networks that support their customers' organizational and business growth.

Since most administrators are not in possession of a crystal ball, network capacity planning can be a very tricky endeavor. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts to capacity planning. In fact, I could easily write an entire book on the subject. As I can't possibly tell you everything there is to know about capacity planning within the space of an article, I want to share five steps that will help you to be more successful with your capacity planning.


Capacity planning step-by-step guide

  Step 1: Meet with executive management
  Step 2: Determine how well existing hardware is meeting the company's needs
  Step 3: Determine the company's future needs
  Step 4: Identify opportunities to consolidate
  Step 5: Determine whether the existng infrastructure can support anticipated growth

Brien Posey

About the author
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. Brien has served as the CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer he has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal Web site at
http://www.brienposey.com.

This tip originally appeared on SearchNetworking.com.


 

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