Storage Forecasting

Prevent Business Interruptions with Storage Forecasting Powered by Predictive Analytics

What is SentryOne Storage Forecasting?

SentryOne Storage Forecasting, powered by machine learning, produces daily usage forecasts for storage volumes across servers, enabling data professionals and IT managers to proactively manage compute resources for multi-cloud and hybrid environments.

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SQL SentryMonitoring Platform

Accurately predicting storage capacity is challenging

Predicting server storage capacity is often difficult, forcing data professionals to scramble to address critical business interruptions because of insufficient disk space.

  • Most storage forecasting methods use simple trend forecasting, which is not accurate and will not prevent over-capacity incidents
  • Constantly changing workloads make planning for future storage needs difficult

SentryOne Storage Forecasting provides the most accurate predictions of future storage capacity available today. Data professionals and IT managers can now proactively address the common challenge of insufficient disk storage space to prevent business interruptions and keep database systems running at peak performance.

Storage Forecasting removes the capacity-planning guesswork

Storage Forecasting in SentryOne applies machine learning algorithms to forecast daily usage for all storage volumes across servers, enabling data professionals to proactively manage compute resources. The algorithms analyze workloads, fine-tune disk capacity forecasts, and provide intelligent reporting that can help prevent system downtime.

 

Daily usage forecasts for all logical disks

Storage Forecasting produces daily usage forecasts for all logical disks, customizes a forecast for each volume, and analyzes previous forecasts on a daily basis. Over time, the system learns the unique workload of each volume and fine-tunes its forecasts accordingly.

You can review and act on storage forecasting information by viewing the Disk Space tab, customizing the Windows Disk Forecast report, and setting Advisory Conditions.

 

SentryOne Disk Space tab

By clicking on a logical disk in the Disk Space tab, you’ll see a new chart that provides a history of available free disk space for the volume for the past 180 days. If a forecast is available, you’ll also get the next forecasted 180 days of consumption.

The chart displays historical data and forecasted free disk space remaining with a prediction interval: The further into the future you predict, the wider the prediction interval. The chart also shows the forecasted Resource Exhaustion Date.

SentryOne Advanced Storage Forecasting - Disk Space Tab

 

SentryOne Disk Space tab displays historical data and forecasted free disk space remaining with a prediction interval: The further into the future you predict, the wider the prediction interval.

 

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You can include a capacity planning forecast in the Windows Disk Forecast report to ensure you’ll meet future storage needs.

Windows Disk Forecast report

By default, the Windows Disk Forecast report shows all volumes in the monitored environment that are forecast to run out of space within 180 days.

You can customize the report to generate forecasts up to three years into the future. You can generate a report for all volumes on a particular server, and you can include a capacity-planning forecast so that you can take measures to ensure you’ll meet your future storage needs.

 

Alerting for forecasted disk exhaustion

Beyond viewing daily reports of forecasted storage capacity, you can customize Advisory Conditions to receive alerts if any volumes are forecast to run out of space in the next 90 days, or if a forecasted exhaustion date changes by more than a month earlier than previously predicted.

Knowing when the forecasted exhaustion date changes helps you identify new database deployments or workload changes that could signal accelerated database growth.

What You Can Do with SentryOne Storage Forecasting

 

  • Forecast daily usage for all storage volumes across servers
  • Review history of available free disk space for the volume for the past 180 days
  • Customize forecast reports for each volume and generate forecasts up to three years into the future
  • Customize advisory conditions to receive alerts if any volumes are forecast to run out of space in the next 90 days
  • Receive alerts if a forecasted exhaustion date changes by more than a month earlier than previously predicted
  • And more

"Our data science team has built a remarkable system utilizing adaptive ensemble modeling to deliver significantly higher accuracy than is possible with other forecasting solutions. For the data professional, this means better storage decisions with less effort."

 

— Greg Gonzalez, SentryOne CTO