Workload is a measurement of the demand for resources on an object. You can turn on and configure the settings for the Workload element for the object types in your policy.

How the Workload Element Works

The Workload element determines how vRealize Operations Manager reports on the resources that the selected object group uses. The resources available to the object group depend on the amount of configured and usable resources.

  • A specific amount of physical memory is a configured resource for a host system, and a specific number of CPUs is a configured resource for a virtual machine.

  • The usable resource for an object or an object group is a subset of, or equal to, the configured amount.

  • The configured and usable amount of a resource can vary depending on the type of resource and the amount of virtualization overhead required, such as the memory that an ESX host machine requires to run the host system. When accounting for overhead, the resources required for overhead are not considered to be usable, because of the reservations required for virtual machines or for the high availability buffer.

Where You Override the Policy Workload Element

To view and override the policy workload analysis setting, in the menu, click Administration, and then in the left pane click Policies. Click the Policy Library tab. 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, click Analysis Settings, then select one or more objects in the left pane. The workload settings for the object types that you selected appear in the right pane.

View the Workload policy element, and configure the settings for your policy.

If you do not configure the policy element, your policy inherits the settings from the selected base policy.

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

Option

Description

Lock icon

Enables you to override the policy element settings so that you can customize the policy to monitor the objects in your environment.

Workload Score Threshold

Allows you to set the number of collection cycles it takes to trigger or clear an alert.