If you use vCenter Server to manage your ESX/ESXi hosts, you can review information on storage usage and visually map relationships between all storage entities available in vCenter Server.

In the vSphere Client, for any inventory object except networking, the storage usage data appears in the Storage Views tab. To view this tab, you must have the vCenter Storage Monitoring plug-in, which is generally installed and enabled by default.

You can display storage information as reports or storage topology maps.


Reports display relationship tables that provide insight about how an inventory object is associated with storage entities. They also offer summarized storage usage data for the object’s virtual and physical storage resources. Use the Reports view to analyze storage space utilization and availability, multipathing status, and other storage properties of the selected object and items related to it.


Maps display storage topology maps that visually represent relationships between the selected object and its associated virtual and physical storage entities.

For more information about virtual and physical storage resources and how virtual machines access storage, see ESX Configuration Guide or ESXi Configuration Guide.