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Appendix B Case studies > THE CASE OF LIMITED CAPACITY

THE CASE OF LIMITED CAPACITY

Undersized, Inc. was in a pickle. It needed to implement new accounting and payroll systems, but had nearly reached the capacity of their data center and could only add a few more servers. The two new applications would require 18 servers be added in order to support production, development, and testing environments. Undersized, Inc. had plenty of floor space open, but no employees had thought about the company’s power and cooling resources until they were faced with the grim prospect of pulling additional power and adding more air-handling units. The costs promised to be enormous and were not forecast into the company’s annual budget.

The IT department at Undersized, Inc. needed to devise a plan quickly that would support the new applications, not exceed the capacity of its data center, and be far less expensive than upgrading its power and cooling infrastructure.


  

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