Storage Capacity Management

This post is part of Operationalize Your World post. Do read it first to get the context.

We showed the dashboards in vSphere visibility for Storage Team post. Let’s now show how they are implemented.

BTW, you don't have to know how they are implemented.
You can simply imports all the ~50 dashboards by following the steps here.

For convenience, here is what the dashboard looks like. From this overall dashboard, you can drill down into datastore-level capacity planning.

The Summary is just a scoreboard widget. Here is the config.

It’s using 3 groups, which you have to create as part of the import process. The 3 groups are:

  • Datastores (Shared)
  • Powered On VMs
  • Powered Off VMs

You can customize the threshold. Do note that it applies to all service tiers.

The bar chart is just a view widget. Since I already have a group for Shared Datastores, it’s a matter of selecting them. It’s faster than selecting the World object, then filter the datastore. In the following screenshot, that’s the name of the view.

The 3 heatmaps are documented below.

I showed you the Datastore Cluster first as you should take advantage of Datastore Cluster. It makes operations easier compared with datastore.

The datastore heatmap again leverages the group. This filters out local datastores, which is what you want.

The view widget also leverages the group, for the same reason I shared above.

For the heatmap “Are the VMs using the storage given to them?“, I’m only showing the powered on VMs.

Hope that helps for overall storage capacity management. For capacity management at the datastore level, review this.

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