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Cloud 'should have extra capacity'

Cloud technology should have additional capacity


In order to reap the optimum cost benefits from cloud computing, business should concentrate on capacity planning, an IT expert has suggested.

According to Francois Chabat, Five TV's senior technology manager, cloud technology should have additional capacity for unexpected events.

Talking about his experiences at Five, Mr Chabat said: "We established a Digital Media Group in 2007 where a digital strategy to capitalise upon online video was created.

"We approached managed service provider Claranet in 2008 and we have been running our digital services in the private cloud since last year."

The television network devoted five months virtualising its datacentre, and managed to lower the number of its servers from 30 to 12.

He added: "The main drivers for us were that it was far more efficient and costs were much lower. However, when we first started we were running at 90 per cent capacity.

"We soon found out that that slack of 10% was not enough. There wasn't enough room to accommodate sudden peaks in programme popularity and I think when CIOs look into moving to the cloud they should work out how much they want to plan for the unplanned."

Copyright Press Association 2011

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