The main activities involved in Capacity Management may be summarised as:
- Developing the Capacity Plan.
- Modelling and simulating various capacity scenarios.
- Monitoring the use and performance of the IT infrastructure.
- Demand Management.
- Creating and maintaining the Capacity Database (CDB).
The Capacity Management process may be subdivided into a series of sub-processes analysing the IT capacity needs from different points of view:
- Business Capacity Management: focusing on the future needs of users and customers.
- Service Capacity Management: this analyses the performance of IT services in order to ensure the agreed levels of service are met.
- Resource Capacity Management: which studies both the use of IT infrastructure and the trends to ensure that sufficient resources are available and that they are used efficiently.
The diagram below shows the processes involved in proper Capacity Management:
Note: using the buttons on the graphic you can access more detailed information about the links with other IT processes.