Planning a capacity project for the hardware in your infrastructure involves changes to the host hardware and datastore hardware. To determine whether you must purchase new hardware, you can create projects.

Before you change your hardware objects, you can create and implement a hardware project to determine the result of the change. With hardware projects, you can determine the capacity requirements for your objects before you change 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 the applications.

  • If you add hosts to an existing cluster, you must ensure that the cluster can sustain the increase in capacity used 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 workloads of your existing objects.