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How Microsoft IT Manages Capacity in a Hybrid World
October 7, 2013

Presented by Nathaniel Davis, program manager for Microsoft IT, this video highlights a number of the ways that Microsoft IT resources can help firms to manage capacity in a hybrid cloud-focused environment.

As Davis noted, before the cloud, capacity was defined by a focus on supply and demand concerning physical assets, such as servers, and the ability to provide power and other resources to utilize them. Additionally, firms needed to pay close attention to managing their data center resources and modeling capacity and cost.

With the cloud, however, capacity focus has shifted to units, accounts and instances, which are more scalable and elastic than physical assets.

Davis noted that with the cloud, organizations are presented with a number of new opportunities. These include the ability to focus on OpEX rather than CapEX and reduce delivery times thanks to greater agility.

With this in mind, Davis explained that Microsoft is now focused on providing different "flavors" of the cloud, acting as a broker to demonstrate the pros and cons of various cloud models and presenting options to put together an optimal hybrid solution. Additionally, Microsoft is helping firms to avoid "cloud burst," which Davis defined as consuming as many cloud resources as possible without a coherent, well-defined vision of their purpose. Microsoft is also assisting businesses as they decommission resources after they have served their purpose.

According to Davis, one of the key aspects of the future of capacity management will be the building of a capacity cloud portfolio, which will provide firms with a unified view of both on-premises and cloud-based capacity and related costs. He also asserted that businesses will continue to move toward self-management with the use of greater automation solutions.