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Despite my colleague and myself being application developers by nature, our current contract engagement has placed us into the infrastructure operations branch of our customer. While we are still largely responsible for the framework and architecture levels of .NET code base, we are also involved in capacity planning – reviewing the requirements and volume from proposed projects, the general solution/approach, and map them to the existing infrastructure and network topology. There we have to calculate which existing resources can handle the load, where new servers and bandwidth need to be allocated, etc. These projects apply to a great area of their systems and topology.

The thing is: the customer themselves do not have a standard practice. There is no set methodology to evaluate these, no template documents to document and calculate these figures in a consistent manner. How they managed all the past developments of such scale is a mystery presently. I would like to ask if there are any capacity planning guides and advice we can refer to point us in the right direction towards more accurate calculations?

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Perhaps you should check out:

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Capacity-Planning-Scaling-Resources/dp/0596518579

Do they even have any traffic to speak of?

Cheers

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it's a government agency so there's plenty of traffic. in fact the servers are overloaded :-) –  icelava Sep 2 '09 at 7:47
    
Well, if they are a government agency they probably want you to adhere to something like ITIL. cf teamquest.com/solutions-products/solutions/itil/… My advice would be to subcontract this out if it is not a core competency. Cheers –  HTTP500 Sep 2 '09 at 15:20
    
I bought the book and found it decent; although it was rather thin for its price and lacking a sense of building new infrastructure for new projects in the enterprise. –  icelava Oct 6 '09 at 2:54

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