VMware supports both file and block storage. Through vSphere, which includes the ESXi hypervisor, VMware provides features and APIs which offer an abstraction layer for physical storage resources to be addressed, managed, and optimized in a virtual environment.
VMware vSphere allows you to create logical containers called datastores. Virtual machine operating systems and their data are stored in these containers. Datastores can also be used for storing
.iso images, templates and other files.
VMware has its own storage system format known as the Virtual Machine File System (VMFS). VMFS can be deployed on a SCSI-based local or networked storage device such as a SAN device. NFS is a filesystem ...