Capacity Planning Template Free Download

Capacity Planning Template Free Download

Capacity Planning Template Free Download
Capacity Planning Template Free Download

Capacity Planning Template Free Download

This document is a template of a Capacity Plan document for a project. The template includes instructions to the author, boilerplate text, and fields that should be replaced with the values specific to the project.
  1. Blue italicized text enclosed in square brackets ([text]) provides instructions to the document author, or describes the intent, assumptions and context for content included in this document. 
  2. Blue italicized text enclosed in angle brackets (<text>) indicates a field that should be replaced with information specific to a particular project. 
  3. Text and tables in black are provided as boilerplate examples of wording and formats that may be used or modified as appropriate to a specific project.  These are offered only as suggestions to assist in developing project documents; they are not mandatory formats.

When using this template for your project document, it is recommended that you follow these steps:
  1. Replace all text enclosed in angle brackets (e.g., <Project Name>) with the correct field values. These angle brackets appear in both the body of the document and in headers and footers.  To customize fields in Microsoft Word (which display a gray background when selected): 
    1. Select File>Properties>Summary and fill in the Title field with the Document Name and the Subject field with the Project Name. 
    2. Select File>Properties>Custom and fill in the Last Modified, Status, and Version fields with the appropriate information for this document. 
    3. After you click OK to close the dialog box, update the fields throughout the document with these values by selecting Edit>Select All (or Ctrl-A) and pressing F9.  Or you can update an individual field by clicking on it and pressing F9. This must be done separately for Headers and Footers. 
  2. Modify boilerplate text as appropriate to the specific project. 
  3. To add any new sections to the document, ensure that the appropriate header and body text styles are maintained.  Styles used for the Section Headings are Heading 1, Heading 2 and Heading 3.  Style used for boilerplate text is Body Text. 
  4. To update the Table of Contents, right-click and select “Update field” and choose the option- “Update entire table” 
  5. Before submission of the first draft of this document, delete this “Notes to the Author” page and all instructions to the author, which appear throughout the document as blue italicized text enclosed in square brackets.]

Purpose of Capacity Plan

[Provide the purpose of the capacity plan. For example: Capacity planning is an important part of infrastructure and deployment planning A capacity plan supports the goal of optimum, and cost effective, provisioning of organizational resources and services by matching them to business demands.

It helps identify and reduce inefficiencies associated with either under-utilized resources or unmet customer demand and to provide satisfactory service levels in a cost-efficient manner. 

The plan helps ensure that all infrastructure components are capable of performing all required functions, that components will perform as efficiently as possible, and accommodate reasonable growth without being overly wasteful.

The intended audience of the <Project Name> Capacity Plan is all project stakeholders including the project sponsor, senior leadership, and the project team.

Solution Requirements 
Include a detailed description of the required solution and links to any supporting documentation

Include any assumptions and/or constraints

Executive Summary
Provide an executive summary of the major requirements, findings, plans, costs, etc. outlined within this document.

Analysis of Capacity
  1. Describe the scenarios analyzed in terms of, business process impact, to understand true capacity requirements. 
  2. Include consideration for items such as scalability, throughput, availability requirements, storage, resource utilization, security, backups, etc. 
  3. Describe items such as the strategy for developing these scenarios and a list of the individuals involved. 
  4. Describe plans for growth and how they will be addressed and managed. 
  5. Consider not only the requirements for additional hardware, software, building materials, and space but also where financial funding for these things will come from, additional resource allocation requirements, staffing, training, other expenditures, etc. 
  6. Expand upon this section by adding/removing additional scenarios if necessary.
Findings Summary
If applicable, describe historical capacity growth patterns. Explain how future expected capacity requirements have been identified and analyzed. Outline recommendations for managing and addressing expected growth.

Insert a table/illustration, or provide a reference to where it is stored, that shows the different recommendations to address each of the capacity scenarios illustrated above. The example below will vary from project to project.

Describe how expected growth will be monitored and managed. Below is a basic example of a table that may be used to illustrate one approach for monitoring and managing future capacity. The approach used to illustrate these requirements may differ from project to project.

Cost/Budget Management
Insert the cost management plan or provide a reference to where it is stored.

Compliance Related Planning
Insert a list of compliance related processes the implementation must adhere to. For assistance with determining which compliance processes need to be followed.

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