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August 2012 Volume 14

Capacity management from the trenches

Pete Graves, CIO at Independent Bank Corp. in Ionia, Mich., has an ambitious goal for 2012 -- 90% virtualization. Between servers and desktops (and more than 300 virtualized applications), the bank currently is 80% virtualized. To manage capacity in this highly virtual environment, Graves employs an array of tools including Microsoft System Center Suite and Citrix EdgeSight, as well as SolarWinds Inc.'s monitoring tools on the network side. Here, he speaks in-depth about his capacity management plan and why a move to a hosted data center makes sense for his company. Pete Graves What are some capacity management issues and challenges to be aware of in resource planning for virtualized servers? We have a private virtualized network in our data center right now. I'd like to maintain that private network but evolve into a totally hosted production and backup data center environment so we can take advantage of additional capacity when we need it and to buy that virtual capacity on a moment's notice. There is a huge incremental cost ...

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