In the ESX context, the term target identifies a single storage unit that the host can access. The terms device and LUN describe a logical volume that represents storage space on a target. Typically, the terms device and LUN, in the ESX context, mean a SCSI volume presented to the host from a storage target and available for formatting.

Different storage vendors present the storage systems to ESX hosts in different ways. Some vendors present a single target with multiple storage devices or LUNs on it, while others present multiple targets with one LUN each.

Target and LUN Representations
In this illustration, three LUNs are available in each configuration. In one case, the host sees one target, but that target has three LUNs that can be used. In the other example, the host sees three different targets, each having one LUN.

In this illustration, three LUNs are available in each configuration. In one case, the host sees one target, but that target has three LUNs that can be used. Each LUN represents an individual storage volume. In the other example, the host sees three different targets, each having one LUN.

Targets that are accessed through the network have unique names that are provided by the storage systems. The iSCSI targets use iSCSI names, while Fibre Channel targets use World Wide Names (WWNs).

Note

ESX does not support accessing the same LUN through different transport protocols, such as iSCSI and Fibre Channel.

A device, or LUN, is identified by its UUID name. If a LUN is shared by multiple hosts, it must be presented to all host with the same UUID.