Planning a capacity project for the hardware in your infrastructure involves making changes to the host hardware and datastore hardware. To determine whether you need to purchase new hardware, you can create projects to help qualify whether a purchase is actually necessary.

Before you act on a recommended change to your hardware objects, you can create and implement a hardware project to determine the result of the recommended change. With hardware projects, you can determine the capacity requirements for your objects before you make the actual changes to the hardware in your environment.

You might need to plan for hardware changes under various circumstances.

If you implement new applications, you must ensure that your objects have enough resources to support the amount of disk space required after you deploy those applications.

If you add hosts to an existing cluster, you must ensure that the cluster can sustain the increase in bandwidth during the following quarter of the year.

If you make a configuration change to the demand for memory or CPU on your objects, you must understand the capacity requirements and loads of your existing objects.