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The Twelve Days of Christmas from HIPPO: No. 6 – Cheery Capacity Planners!

December 13, 2011 | By | No Comments

An enterprise-level Informatica environment is a serious investment that requires careful analysis to define initial capacity requirements and to plan capacity over time as new applications are implemented and existing ones grow, or reduce, in terms of data volumes. The question is how can a Capacity Planner gather the information needed to right size an Informatica environment for today and keep one eye on future needs? Is there a tool that can help?

Well there are many great enterprise-monitoring tools out there that can identify an Informatica process and the resource it consumes at the highest level. The trouble is that they see all of your workflows as simply a set of pmcmd processes running on a host. That might be enough if a broad trend is all you need because, by simple aggregation, these tools give a broad picture of resource consumption by generic Informatica processes.

But what if you need more than a broad broad brush approach? That’s where HIPPO comes in. HIPPO enables Capacity Planners to plot trends in terms of CPU, Memory usage and Data Movement by Node as well as by any logical group of processes, a grouping that we call a ‘Project’ in HIPPO.

Projects can be defined at a high level: a domain, an integration service or even a Repository. Or at an Application level: for example a Data Warehouse application made up of Informatica (and even non-Informatica) processes or a completely distinct entity, such as a web-server process. HIPPO analyses, profiles and stores the CPU, Memory and Data Movement statistics for your Projects and over time the capacity planning information stored in HIPPO becomes an ever-richer information resource to predict future capacity needs.

The strength of HIPPO comes from its ability to take the metadata within Informatica and look outwards to link this to the hardware and operating system metrics. This enables HIPPO to give you an Informatica-specific view of the trends in workload and resource consumption that are needed to plan for the challenges ahead, to free capacity where possible and to make wise investment decisions when necessary.

So make a Capacity Planner Cheery this Christmas! Tell them about HIPPO – the unique Capacity Planning tool for Informatica.

Footnote: the latest version of HIPPO has just gone on general release and it is packed with new and unique features to manage, optimize and control your Informatica environment. In the run up to Christmas I am choosing twelve of my favourite new benefits that HIPPO brings to the Informatica Community. I acknowledge that the twelve days of Christmas occur after Christmas and not before but I hope that you will allow me a little poetic license here!

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