Over-provisioned Datastores

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    Thin provisioning allows administrators to dedicate more datastore space to VMs than there is real physical capacity. This report helps you assess the potential impact of excessive over-provisioning of datastores on performance of your virtual environment.

    • The Summary section includes the following elements:
      • The TOP 5 Over-provisioned Datastores chart shows 5 datastores whose amount of provisioned storage space exceeds the total capacity.
      • The TOP 5 Under-provisioned Datastores chart shows 5 datastores whose amount of provisioned storage space is way below the total capacity.
      • The TOP 5 Datastores with Least Amount of Free Space table displays top 5 datastores that will run out of free space sooner than other datastores.

    Click a number in the VM Count column to get the list of VMs that store data on the datastore and to discover how much space is provisioned for these VMs.

    • The Details section provides information on storage space utilization and the number of days left before the specified space utilization/free space threshold will be breached. Arrows in the Out of Free Space in … (Days) column show whether the amount of free space on the datastore has increased (green arrow), decreased (red arrow) or stayed the same (gray arrow) over the previous week.

    Click a number in the VM Count column to get the list of VMs that store data on the datastore and to discover how much space is provisioned for these VMs.

    Click a number in the Out of Free Space in … (Days) column to drill down to performance details for the datastore.

    Report Parameters

    You can specify the following report parameters:

    • Infrastructure objects: defines a virtual infrastructure level and its sub-components to analyze in the report.
    • Business View objects: defines Business View groups to analyze in the report. The parameter options are limited to objects of the Storage type.
    • Space utilization threshold (%): defines the threshold for the amount of space in use on datastores.
    • Free space (min) threshold (GB): defines the threshold for the amount of free space left on datastores.
    • Show graphs: defines whether to include charts in the report output.

    Over-Provisioned Datastores Report
    Over-Provisioned Datastores Report

    Use Case

    The report analyzes datastore space utilization trend and calculates the number of days left before storage utilization will breach the specified threshold.