An object is the individual managed item in your environment for which vRealize Operations Manager collects data, such as a router, switch, database, virtual machine, host, and vCenter Server instances.

vRealize Operations Manager requires specific information about each object. When you configure an adapter instance, vRealize Operations Manager performs object discovery to start collecting data from the objects with which the adapter communicates.

An object can be a single entity, such as a database, or a container that holds other objects. For example, if you have multiple Web servers, you can define a single object for each Web server and define a separate container object to hold all of the Web server objects. Groups and applications are types of containers.

You categorize your objects using tags, so that you can easily find, group, or filter them later. A tag type can have multiple tag values. You or vRealize Operations Manager assigns objects to tag values. When you select a tag value, vRealize Operations Manager displays the objects associated with that tag. For example, if a tag type is Lifecycle and tag values are Development, Test, Pre-production, and Production, you might assign virtual machine objects VM1, VM2, or VM3 in your environment to one or more of these tag values, depending on the virtual machine function.

Objects are related physically, logically, or structurally.

Physical relationships represent how objects connect in the physical world. For example, virtual machines running on a host are physically related.

Logical relationships represent business silos. For example, all the storage objects in an environment are related to one another.

Structural relationships represent a business value. For example, all the virtual machines that support a database are structurally related.

Solutions use adapters to monitor the objects in your environment so that physical relationship changes are reflected in vRealize Operations Manager. To maintain logical or structural relationships, you can use vRealize Operations Manager to define the object relationships. When objects are related, a problem with one object appears as an anomaly on related objects. So object relationships can help you to identify problems in your environment quickly.