Trend Analysis and Planning for the Future

It is always important to consider the future when it comes to decisions on infrastructure that your systems reside on. Can you imagine being responsible for a mission critical system and finding out abruptly that disk space is running dangerously low for the database that serves it? This would be disastrous in most scenarios. Luckily, simple yet effective mechanisms can be put in place to help you safeguard against such scenarios.

First and foremost, it is advisable to have additional storage space available to you and that your infrastructure team understand the process getting access to that disk space. Whether that be by simply adding disks to a server, allocating existing space or requesting space from your hosting company. The process should be water tight and well-rehearsed, so that, when such events occur, the process can be executed as efficiently and effectively as possible.

But of course, you don’t want to have masses of spare space hanging around on the off-chance that you might need it. It can be costly and inefficient to do this and this is where trend analysis will help.

Trend analysis should be considered as a high priority task. As the saying goes, you need to know where you have come from to know where you are going.

If you have historical records tracking your space usage, you are able to predict what is going to happen in the future and typically by when. But how do you track it and where do you store this information?

Using monitoring tools, you hopefully know what is happening now, and what is about to happen. The RDB Concepts Custodian*24 monitoring tool goes one step further. Through the use of RDB Insight we are able to use our client’s historical usage patterns to predict anticipated growth for the future.

Of course, there are variables that can impact your systems that are not predictable but the more information you have to hand, the more likely you are to be able to respond to those changes.

Space is just one dynamic that has been used as an example for this short blog, but there’s plenty more to be thinking about, such as the current CPU/Memory allocated for the server(s). Is it enough to handle a user base twice as large as it’s currently handling, in the event of the system being required to handle sudden growth in business?

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