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Guerrilla Capacity Planning

A Tactical Approach to Planning for Highly Scalable Applications and Services

By Neil J. Gunther

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In the face of relentless pressure to do things faster, this book facilitates rapid forecasting of capacity requirements, based on opportunistic use of available performance data and tools so that management insight is expanded but production schedules are not.

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  • ISBN13: 978-3-5402-6138-4
  • 276 Pages
  • User Level: Professionals
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2007
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
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In these days of shortened fiscal horizons and contracted time-to-market schedules, traditional approaches to capacity planning are often seen by management as tending to inflate their production schedules. Rather than giving up in the face of this kind of relentless pressure to get things done faster, Guerrilla Capacity Planning facilitates rapid forecasting of capacity requirements based on the opportunistic use of whatever performance data and tools are available in such a way that management insight is expanded but their schedules are not. A key Guerrilla concept is tactical planning whereby short-range planning questions and projects are brought up in team meetings such that management is compelled to know the answer, and therefore buys into capacity planning without recognizing it as such. Once you have your 'foot in the door', capacity planning methods can be refined in an iterative cycle of improvement called 'The Wheel of Capacity Planning'. Another unique Guerrilla tool is Virtual Load Testing, based on Dr. Gunther's 'Universal Law of Computational Scaling', which provides a highly cost-effective method for assessing application scalability.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. 1. What is Guerrilla Capacity Planning ?
  2. 2. ITIL for Guerrilas.
  3. 3. Damaging Digits in Capacity Calculations.
  4. 4. Scalability
  5. A Quantitative Approach.
  6. 5. Evaluating Scalability Parameters.
  7. 6. Software Scalability.
  8. 7. Fundamentals of Virtualization.
  9. 8. Website Planning.
  10. 9. Gargantuan Computing
  11. GRIDs and P2P.
  12. 10. Internet Planning
  13. 11. Going Guerrilla
  14. A Case Study.
  15. Appendixes (include The Guerrilla Manual), Bibliography, Index.

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