CA Technologies (CA) has updated CA Capacity Management, a solution that lets enterprises and IT service providers, including managed services providers (MSPs) optimize their computing infrastructures, both on-premise and in the cloud, to run at maximum efficiency without squandering resources or running out of capacity or degrading performance.
First some background on how the solution works. CA Capacity Management takes workload information already gathered by systems monitoring and management tools and models how those workloads would perform on different configurations of hardware or different infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) services such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Rackspace. Organizations can also plug in pricing information from various providers to get an idea of the best performing solution for the dollar. Such a tool could help MSPs plan for their own cloud services if they decide to ride the rails of some of the big, commodity-based cloud providers. It could also help them choose the most cost-effective hardware and software solutions if they decide to become hosts themselves.