This chapter covers the following subjects:
• Virtual Disk Format Types—Three types of virtual disks are available to virtual machines. The Lazy-Zeroed Thick Virtual Disk is the default format, Eager-Zeroed Thick Virtual Disk zeros and formats all of its blocks at creation, and Thin Virtual Disk does not preallocate capacity when it is created.
• Complex Storage Solutions—With complexity and different storage requirements, there is a need for specialized solutions. Several sections help to solve different needs. As an example, there are sections on VMware DirectPath I/O, NPIV, Storage Filters, SSD Devices, Software iSCSI port binding, to name a few solutions.
• Identify Storage Provisioning Methods—Two types of datastores ...