The dashboards in the Capacity and Utilization category cater to the teams responsible for tracking the use of the provisioned capacity in their virtual infrastructure. The dashboards within this category allow you to take capacity procurement decisions, reduce wastage through reclamation, and track usage trends to avoid performance problems due to capacity shortfalls.

Key questions that these dashboards aim to answer are:

  • How much capacity exists, how much capacity is used, and what are the use trends for a specific vCenter, data center, or cluster?

  • How much disk, vCPU, or memory you can reclaim from large VMs in your environment to reduce wastage and improve performance?

  • Which clusters have the largest resource demands?

  • Which hosts are being heavily used and what is the cause?

  • Which datastores are running out of disk space and what are the top consumers of disk space?

  • The storage capacity and use of your vSAN environment with the savings achieved by enabling deduplication and compression.


  1. Log in to vRealize Operations Manager by using the operations interface.
    1. Open a Web browser and go to https://vrops01svr01.rainpole.local.
    2. Log in using the following credentials.



      User name




  2. Click Dashboards and click the All Dashboards drop-down menu.
  3. Use the following predefined dashboards in Capacity & Utilization according to the following scenarios.


    Dashboard Use

    Capacity Allocation Overview

    This dashboard provides an overview of allocation ratios for virtual machines, vCPUs, and memory for a specific data center or cluster.

    Cluster Utilization

    This dashboard shows vSphere clusters that are extensively consumed from a CPU, memory, disk, and network perspective.

    Datastore Utilization

    This dashboard shows storage provisioning and use patterns in the virtual infrastructure.

    Heavy Hitter VMs

    This dashboard shows VMs which are consistently consuming a large amount of resources from the virtual infrastructure. In heavily over-provisioned environments, this might create resource bottlenecks resulting in potential performance issues.

    Host Utilization

    This dashboard shows ESXi hosts that are extensively consumed from a CPU, memory, disk, and network perspective.

    Utilization Overview

    This dashboard shows the available capacity in the virtual infrastructure.

    VM Utilization

    This dashboard provides a capture of the use trends for any VM in the virtual infrastructure. You can list the key properties of a VM and the resource use trends for a specific time period.

    vSAN Capacity Overview

    This dashboard provides an overview of vSAN storage capacity and savings achieved by enabling deduplication and compression across all vSAN clusters.