You can set the workload automation options for your policy, so that vRealize Operations Manager can balance the workload in your environment per your definition.

How the Workload Automation Workspace Works

You click the lock icon to unlock and configure the workload automation options specific for your policy. When you click the lock icon to lock the option your policy inherits the parent policy settings. The graphic on the right updates to reflect your changes.

Where You Set the Policy Workload Automation

To set the workload automation for your policy, in the menu, click Administration, and then in the left pane click Policies. Click the Policy Library tab, and click the Add New Policy icon to add a policy or click the Edit Selected Policy icon to edit a policy. In the Add or Edit Monitoring policy workspace, on the left click Workload Automation.

Table 1. Workload Automation in the Add or Edit Monitoring Policy Workspace



Balance Workloads

Select how vRealize Operations Manager balances the workload.

Select Aggressive balancing when you have stable populations. It minimizes contention but moves workloads more, which can cause disruption.

Select Conservative balancing when you have dynamic populations. It exposes potential contention, but moves workloads less.

Consolidate Workloads

Select how vRealize Operations Manager combines the workload. The consolidation policy setting does not affect the placement of virtual machines across clusters.

  • Select more consolidation when you have populations with steady demand. It puts workloads into as few hosts as possible to reduce licensing and power costs. However, this approach might cause less responsive capacity.

  • Select less consolidation when you have population with irregular demand. It uses all available hosts, which leaves more room for demand spikes. However, this approach increases licensing and power costs.

Cluster Headroom

Headroom establishes a required capacity buffer, for example, 20 percent, that can reduce the possibility of clusters running out of CPU capacity or memory, but can also cause a rebalance to occur sooner than it might have otherwise.

Advanced Settings

Click Advanced Settings to select what type of virtual machines vRealize Operations Manager moves first to address workload. This option also allows you to set Storage vMotion on or off. The default is ON.