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Five steps to capacity planning, step 3

Step 3: Determine the company's future needs

The next question that you need to answer is what will future needs be? At first, it may seem that the company's future needs are the same as its future growth. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. If you are looking only at the company's future growth, what you are really looking at is how well the existing infrastructure, servers and applications will hold up to an increased number of users.

Future needs are different, though, and have more to do with the way the company's business may change. For example, if the company were to take on a new client, there could be a special application that would need to run on the servers in order to service the client. Even if your customer doesn't anticipate running any new applications, new versions of existing applications are typically released every couple of years. In most cases, the new versions tend to require higher-end hardware than the previous versions. These are the types of things that you need to take into account when planning for future needs.

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

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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 .

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