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System and method for determining and visualizing efficiencies and risks in computing environments

DC CAFC
  • US 9,654,367 B2
  • Filed: 02/14/2014
  • Issued: 05/16/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/16/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method performed by a processor in a computing system, the method comprising:

  • obtaining resource utilization or performance data pertaining to a plurality of computing entities in a computing environment, and capacity data specifying resource capacities for the plurality of computing entities in the computing environment;

    obtaining at least one operational policy defining criteria to determine whether the utilization or performance of an entity is in an acceptable range relative to its capacity or performance limits;

    computing at least one score quantifying efficiencies and/or risks associated with corresponding ones of the entities in the computing environment, based on the resource utilization or performance data, the capacity data, and the at least one operational policy; and

    displaying an indicator for at least one of the plurality of computing entities in a graphical representation based on the corresponding score;

    wherein each indicator is positioned in the graphical representation according to the corresponding score such that the positioned indicator shows in a spatial manner, relative efficiencies and/or risks for the corresponding entity by positioning the indicator in one of a first portion indicative of risk associated with having infrastructure in the computing environment that cannot service workload demands and meet criteria specified in the at least one operational policy, a second portion indicative of an amount of infrastructure in the computing environment that can service workload demands based on the at least one operational policy, or a third portion indicative of inefficiencies associated with having more than the required amount of infrastructure in the computing environment to service workload demands based on the at least one operational policy.

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