CiRBA for Routing New
Workloads & Reserving Capacity

Particularly with the introduction of internal clouds and self-service portals, IT organizations are faced with a new challenge of managing the pipeline of requests for workloads to be placed into virtual and cloud infrastructure.

Increasing demands from application owners for faster response times and readily available capacity, coupled with the threat of taking their apps "elsewhere" (to external clouds), have placed enough pressure on IT teams that they purposely over-provision infrastructure to stave off potential shortfalls.

In order to create an agile, efficient operation, IT teams need to abandon their spreadsheets and patchwork processes and adopt a new approach that enables them to systematically process requests for capacity, route those workloads to the best possible environment and reserve it for that booking.

Why IT Needs a Capacity Reservations System
Andrew Hillier, CiRBA CTO & Co-Founder

CiRBA's new Reservation Console enables you to manage the demand pipeline giving you complete visibility into inbound requests for capacity and accurate answers on where workloads should go and whether they will fit.

Routing New Workloads to the Best Environment and Host

The key to responding to requests for capacity is the ability to decide where they should go. Most organizations are forced to rely on manual processes and spreadsheets to determine where to place a new workload. Finding the right environment not only needs to be done quickly, but it also requires that the requirements of the workload must be matched with the capabilities of the available infrastructure. CiRBA takes the guesswork out of placing new workloads with its Hosting Score - a single metric that rates the suitability of target environments for workload placement based on relative cost, occupancy levels and fit for purpose criteria such as operating system, software licensing requirements, storage requirements, and policy requirements. Leveraging these criteria, CiRBA avoids unnecessary moves, reduces operational risk and ensures efficiency. Users can choose to manually or automatically route workloads to the optimal environment and host level placement recommended by CiRBA.

Learn more about automating workload routing with CiRBA's Workload Routing API .

Controlling the Demand Pipeline and Reserving Capacity

Most requests for capacity and new workload placements within an enterprise come with some duration of lead time. This means that rather than an immediate host-level workload placement, a reservation of capacity in the right environment is required. This requires a reservation system that not only determines the optimal environment for a workload (see above), but also takes a forward looking view and holds the capacity for that time frame. CiRBA enables users to automate capacity reservations and then optimize the host-level placement in order to make the best use of infrastructure. Through its Reservation Console, CiRBA provides the control required to:

  1. Profile all inbound workload placement requests (from self-service portals, transformation projects, etc.) to determine their business requirements, applicable policies and capacity requirements.
  2. Determine where the workload should go and whether there is capacity available to fulfill the request on the planned deployment date.
  3. Reserve or hold the capacity for that workload.
  4. If there isn't enough capacity available, determine what action is required to fulfill the request such as adding a new host, increasing memory or CPU.
  5. CiRBA's Capacity Control Console also enables you to factor bookings into forecasting so you have an accurate view into future requirements that includes both trends and reservations.
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