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Provisioning

Provisioning is a method or strategy of managing the logical devices (LDEVs), also called volumes, on a storage system. Some provisioning methods are host-based, while other methods use inherent storage system capabilities such as concatenated parity groups. Provisioning methods can also be primarily hardware-based or software-based. Each method has its particular uses and benefits in a specific storage environment, such as optimizing capacity, reliability, performance, or cost. When used in the right scenario, each method can be cost-effective, efficient, reliable, and straightforward to configure and maintain. Your support representatives are available to help you configure the highest quality solution for your storage environment.

Provisioning strategies fall into the following two fundamental categories:

  • Basic provisioning (or traditional provisioning)Basic provisioning involves defining logical devices (LDEVs) on physical storage. Learn more...
  • Thin provisioning (or virtual provisioning)Thin provisioning involves the use of virtualization to pool physical storage and provide on-demand allocation of volumes to hosts. Learn more....

 

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