If memory, CPU, network, and storage capacity were infinite, and users were infinitely patient, IT technologists would never have to worry about managing workloads to fit available capacity and performance needs. Alas, there never seems to be quite enough physical compute resources or user patience. Left to their own devices, the applications we manage would gradually slow down to a stodgy pace, at which point user patience would approach zero. The solution to the problem of finite ...

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