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A Capacity Management Service for Resource Pools

Rolia, Jerry; Cherkasova, Ludmila; Arlit, Martin; Andrzejak, Artur


Keyword(s): enterprise servers; workload analysis; performance modeling; capacity planning; capacity management

Abstract: Resource pools are computing environments that offer virtualized access to shared resources. When used effectively they can align the use of capacity with business needs (flexibility), lower infrastructure costs (via resource sharing), and lower operating costs (via automation). This paper describes the Quartermaster capacity manager service for managing such pools. It implements a trace-based technique that models workload (e.g., application) resource demands, their corresponding resource allocations, and resource access quality of service. The primary advantages of the technique are its accuracy, generality, support for resource access qualities of service, and optimizing search method. We pose general capacity management questions for resource pools and explain how the capacity manager helps to address them in an automated manner. A case study demonstrates and validates the method on empirical data from an enterprise application. We show that the technique exploits much of the resource savings to be achieved from resource sharing and is significantly more accurate at estimating per-server required capacity than a benchmark method used in practice to manage a resource pool. Finally, we explain how the problems relate to other practices regarding enterprise capacity management and software performance engineering.

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