This introduction describes available storage options for ESX and explains how to configure your ESX system so that it can use and manage different types of storage.

The following topics contain information about configuring local SCSI storage devices, Fibre Channel SAN storage, iSCSI storage, and NFS storage.

After you create datastores, you can change their properties, use folders to group datastores based on your business needs, or delete unused datastores. You might also need to set up multipathing for your storage or resignature datastore copies.

Raw device mapping (RDM) provides a mechanism for a virtual machine to have direct access to a LUN on the physical storage subsystem (Fibre Channel or iSCSI only).