Capacity Planning

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Note: This topic applies to Tableau Server only.

To ensure optimal Tableau Server performance and sufficient capacity to handle increased workloads, you must plan for growth. Capacity planning allows you to scale your infrastructure with the increased use of analytics and rapid adoption across your organization by ensuring sufficient headroom is maintained and reducing the likelihood of resource contention and conflicts over shared resources. Performance data, user onboarding schedules, and load testing results are used to determine future server sizing and the capacity plan.

Factors that can influence capacity planning:

  • A newly released set of data sources coupled with a dashboard that draws the attention of the entire company.
  • Increasing skills and use of analytics that become ingrained in the day-to-day operations of the company.
  • New features released in the platform, which can increase user interactivity overall.
  • Change of underlying data strategy powering these dashboards, either in terms of volume, complexity, change in database technology, user security etc.


To complete the table below, you should aggregate the count of users from the Tableau Users tab in the Tableau Blueprint Planner.


Year 1*

Year 2

Year 3

Total Users








Total Cores




Note: Depending on the number of users and onboarding rate, you may consider 6-month, quarterly, or monthly intervals.

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