You can use the Projects feature in vRealize Operations Manager to plan for capacity allocations and upgrades in your virtual environment, or to optimize your existing resources. To plan your upcoming capacity needs, you create a project that anticipates forthcoming changes that affect the capacity of your objects.

In addition to creating projects to plan for hardware changes or virtual infrastructure changes, you can create custom profiles and custom data centers to help forecast your capacity needs. With custom profiles, you can determine how many instances of an object can fit in your environment depending on the available capacity and configuration. With custom data centers, you can see capacity analytics and badge computations based on the objects contained in the custom data center.

How Projects Work

A project is a detailed estimation of the capacity that you must have available in your environment based on upcoming changes. You can define projects to add or remove resources from objects such as your vCenter Server instance, clusters, data centers, hosts, virtual machines, and datastores.

With projects, you plan for changes in capacity, and examine the possible outcomes. You can plan for increases or decreases in the demand for capacity on your objects.

For example, if you plan to hire more staff in the next month, you must increase the capacity on the objects that they will use. To plan for this upcoming demand, you can create projects. In your projects, you add hosts to a data center, add memory and CPUs to a host, and increase the capacity of your virtual machines.

When you create a project, you add one or more capacity scenarios to the project to determine your future needs. Project scenarios anticipate the changes to capacity or demand that affect the object at an upcoming time and date. After you save each project, you drag the project to the visualization pane to chart the capacity forecast. You can see the anticipated capacity needs in the chart based on the values that you defined in your project scenarios. The visual representation shows how the needs for planned capacity compare to the resources that you currently have on those objects.

When you are sure that the objects require the planned capacity, you can commit the project to have vRealize Operations Manager reserve the capacity on those objects.

A project is a supposition about how the capacity and load change on your objects when you change the conditions in your virtual infrastructure environment. You do not have to implement the changes that your project represents. By creating the project, you can determine your capacity requirements before you implement the actual changes.

Projects List

The defined projects appear in a list below the visualization chart. vRealize Operations Manager filters the list according to the object that you select in the inventory tree. Use the toolbar to create, edit, or delete a project. To sort by columns in the list, click a column heading. To add a project to the visualization pane, click the plus icon, or drag the project to the pane between the list and the chart.

Visualization Chart

When you drag one or more projects into the visualization pane, the visualization chart displays each scenario that you defined in the projects.

The chart displays a numeric value for each scenario that you added to the project. For example, in a project for a host machine, the scenario named Add Capacity: Percentage is numbered 1.1, and the scenario named Add Demand: Percentage is 1.2.

To plan another host for your data center, you might also have a second project that includes a scenario named Add Capacity: Add Host System. The scenario in your second project is 2.1.

When you view both projects, the chart displays 1.1, 1.2, and 2.1 to indicate the point in time when each scenario takes effect.

To view the details about the scenario, move the pointer to the number in the chart.

The projects and scenarios continue to appear in the chart until you delete them or refresh the view.

Project Scenarios Model Changes to Resources

You can use the following project scenarios to forecast capacity.

Table 1. Project Scenarios for Selected Objects

Selected Object

Project Scenarios

vCenter Server


  • Add or remove host system, datastore, or percentage of capacity.

  • Change absolute capacity.


  • Add or remove virtual machine or percentage of demand.

  • Change absolute demand.


  • Add, remove, or update hosts.

  • Add, remove, or update datastores.

  • Add or remove virtual machines.



  • Add or remove datastore, or percentage of capacity.

  • Change absolute capacity.


  • Add or remove virtual machine or percentage of demand.

  • Change absolute demand.



  • Add or remove percentage of capacity.

  • Change absolute capacity.


  • Add or remove virtual machine or percentage of demand.

  • Change absolute demand.

Virtual Machine

  • Add, change, or remove capacity.

  • Add, change, or remove demand.