VMware has launched vCenter CapacityIQ, a product which provides capacity management for VMware virtualised environments.
The virtualisation company said that CapacityIQ allows IT administrators to "right-size capacity in a dynamic virtual environment". Users can analyse what IT capacity is available and what is being used; forecast what is needed; and plan when capacity will run out.
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The product enables companies to assess the impact of changes and forecast future needs based on consumption patterns.
According to VMware, CapacityIO helps IT managers reduce cost by reclaiming unused capacity. It is also able to analyse resource usage patterns and automatically generates a list of virtual machines that have been over-provisioned, allowing administrators to reclaim unused resources instead of purchasing additional capacity.
VMware said the software can be used to avoid potential business and service disruptions by modelling the impact of a planned change, such as an acquisition or new application, or an unplanned outage, failure or disaster.
As Computer Weekly has previous reported, virtualisatioon requires careful planning to maximise return on investment.