The VM Capacity dashboard provides a quick overview of all the VMs in a given data center and their capacity and time remaining. This dashboard is designed for the Capacity team and not for the Operations team. It provides a long term and a top-down view, enabling the Capacity team to plan the future expansion and refresh of the aging hardware technology.

Design Considerations

See Capacity Dashboards for common design considerations among all the dashboards for capacity management.

The VM Capacity dashboard helps you visualize information differently by providing choices for customization. The reclamation size is grouped into buckets so that you can focus on the largest reclamation opportunities first.

How to Use the Dashboard

Select a data center from the Datacenters widget.
  • The VMs by Capacity Remaining bar chart displays the distribution of VMs by capacity remaining in the selected data center. It provides a quick overview of the VMs that are undersized or oversized.
  • The VMs by Capacity Remaining heat map provides details by grouping the VMs by clusters, so that you can view the clusters that need attention.
  • The VM size has been standardized for better visualization. You can add the size that suits your capacity team better.
  • The VMs Capacity in the Selected DataCenter widget is sorted by the VM with the least capacity remaining. You can sort it by Time Remaining to suit your capacity team better. This table is color-coded.
Select a VM from the VMs Capacity in the Selected DataCenter widget. All the remaining widgets automatically display the capacity information of the selected VM.
  • The Disk widget displays capacity at the Guest OS partition level. There is no overall capacity at VM level because different partitions have different capacity.

Points to Note

  • Use the custom property and add more context to the VM, such as, owner name, clusters where the VM is running, and datastores where the VM files are stored.