Capacity Planning your Virtualisation Setup

Posted: August 12, 2010 in Devops, System Engineering

Everybody wants servers now!
Now that servers are virtual, everybody knows you can click a button and give them what they want!
Before you know it, you’ll have tripled your server count!

How can you make sure that things won’t fail in a massive way?
Physically plan your virtual setup!

Think about this, you’ve got sixteen machines to create a pool of hypervisors. They’ve all got two, quad-core processors and thirty-two gigabytes of RAM.

You only have one switch per rack, and you plan to use four racks (four hypervisors in each rack). This gives you the possibility to recover from a rack failure (most likely switch failure) as long as you keep the pool on seventy-five percent loaded on CPU, RAM, Network and Storage.


You must also think about maximum VM sizing. If you size a single VM over twenty-five percent of the capacity of one hypervisor, then you risk not being able to migrate all machines from the four hypervisors that are allowed to fail.

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