vSphere Storage describes storage options available to you and explains how to configure your VMware ESXi™ system and VMware vCenter Server® so that you can use and manage different types of storage. vSphere Storage explicitly concentrates on traditional types of storage, including Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and NAS, and discusses specifics of using ESXi and vCenter Server in these environments. In addition, vSphere Storage introduces storage virtualization mechanisms supported by ESXi and vCenter Server. vSphere Storage explains how you can enable and use such virtualization technologies as VMware vSphere® Flash Read Cache™, VMware vSphere® Virtual Volumes™, Storage Policy Based Management (SPBM), and I/O filters.

This information is for experienced system administrators who are familiar with the virtual machine and storage virtualization technologies, data center operations, and SAN storage concepts.

Task instructions in this guide are based on the vSphere Web Client. You can also perform most of the tasks in this guide by using the new vSphere Client. The new vSphere Client user interface terminology, topology, and workflow are closely aligned with the same aspects and elements of the vSphere Web Client user interface. You can apply the vSphere Web Client instructions to the new vSphere Client unless otherwise instructed.


Not all functionality in the vSphere Web Client has been implemented for the vSphere Client in the vSphere 6.5 release. For an up-to-date list of unsupported functionality, see Functionality Updates for the vSphere Client Guide at http://www.vmware.com/info?id=1413.