You can use the vRealize Operations Manager projects feature to plan for capacity upgrades or optimization in your virtual environment. You create a project to include upcoming changes that affect your capacity and is useful for capacity planning. A project has one or more scenarios where capacity or demand changes on a date in the future. You can visualize one or more projects in the visualization pane to forecast your capacity and demand. When a project is expected to happen, you can commit it, which reserves the capacity needed.

You can create new projects and add scenarios on the Projects tab. The tab contains a list of projects and the visualization chart for the project.

You can create projects and add scenarios with vCenter Server instances, clusters, hosts, virtual machines, and datastores.

Scenarios for Selected Objects

Selected Object

Applicable Scenarios

vCenter Server

Add, change, or remove capacity.

Add, change, or remove demand.

Add or remove datastores, host systems, or virtual machines.

Cluster

Add, remove, or update hosts.

Add, remove, or update datastores.

Add or remove virtual machines.

Host

Update CPU and memory.

Add, remove, or update datastores.

Add or remove virtual machines.

Datastore

Add, change, or remove capacity.

Add, change, or remove demand.

Virtual Machine

Add, change, or remove capacity.

Add, change, or remove demand.

The list of projects is filtered by the object that you select from the inventory. All projects that are listed are directly associated with the inventory object. Use the projects list toolbar to create a project or act on a project, such as edit or delete an existing project. From the list of projects, you can click a column heading to sort each of the columns in the table or filter the list. Each project row in the table contains an icon that you can add that project to the visualization pane. You can also drag a project to view its effect in the visualization chart.

vRealize Operations Manager applies one or more projects to the visualization chart. The view is the context for the comparison that you see modeled in the scenario. The projects pane refreshes as each new project is applied in the visualization pane. Projects persist until you delete them or until you refresh vRealize Operations Manager. vRealize Operations Manager assigns names, such as 1a and 2a to projects in the visualization chart. The tool tip for a project appears in the chart and shows the project's name and description.

You can compare project results to the current capacity of your environment and to the results of other projects. See Compare the Results of Projects.

You can also combine project results to check the cumulative effect of all projects. See Combine the Results of Projects.