The Space Utilization by File Type chart displays the datastore usage by virtual machine files.

Note

This chart does not show historical statistics. It only shows the most recently available data, which may be up to 30 minutes late, depending on when the last statistics rollup occurred. In addition, statistics are not collected across all datastores at one time. They are collected asynchronously.

The Space Utilization by File Type chart is located in the Storage view of the virtual machine Performance tab.

Data Counters

File Type

Description

Virtual Disks

Amount of disk space used by virtual disk files.

Virtual disk files store the contents of the virtual machine's hard disk drive, including information that you write to a virtual machine's hard disk - the operating system, program files, and data files. The files have the extension .vmdk and appear as a physical disk drive to a guest operating system.

Note

Delta disks, which also have an extension .vmdk, are not included in this file type.

Counter: used

Stats Type: Absolute

Unit: Gigabytes (GB)

Rollup Type: Latest

Collection Level: 1 (4)

Swap Files

Amount of disk space used by swap files.

Swap files back up the virtual machine's physical memory.

Counter: used

Stats Type: Absolute

Unit: Gigabytes (GB)

Rollup Type: Latest

Collection Level: 1 (4)

Snapshots

Amount of disk space used by virtual machine snapshot files.

Snapshot files store information about virtual machine snapshots. They include snapshot state files and delta disk files. A snapshot state file stores the running state of the virtual machine at the time of the snapshot. It has the extension .vmsn. A delta disk file stores the updates made by the virtual machine to the virtual disks after a snapshot is taken.

Counter: used

Stats Type: Absolute

Unit: GigaBytes (GB)

Rollup Type: Latest

Collection Level: 1 (4)

Other VM Files

Amount of disk space used by all other virtual machine files, such as configuration files and log files.

Counter: used

Stats Type: Absolute

Unit: Gigabytes (GB)

Rollup Type: Latest

Collection Level: 1 (4)

Total Space

Amount of disk space used by the virtual machine.

total space = virtual disk space + swap file space + snapshot space + other VM file space

The datastore is at full capacity when the used space is equal to the capacity. Allocated space can be larger than datastore capacity, for example, when you have snapshots and thin-provisioned disks. You can provision more space to the datastore if possible, or you can add disks to the datastore or use shared datastores.

If snapshot files are consuming a lot of datastore space, consider consolidating them to the virtual disk when they are no longer needed. Consolidating the snapshots deletes the redo log files and removes the snapshots from the vSphere Web Client user interface. For information about consolidating the data center, see the vSphere documentation.