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The product operates at the virtual machine disk file (VMDK) level, where data storage administrators can allocate VMDK files as thick or thin. Thick provisioning provides a set quantity of storage to a VM, while thin provisioning provides VM storage space as needed.
Features of VMware vStorage Thin Provisioning include:
- The ability to convert an existing thick format to a thin format.
- Integration with VMware vCenter Server, which lets users set thresholds to manage growth and capacity
- Oversubscription protection
By eliminating the need to periodically request more storage, VMware vStorage Thin Provisioning helps to eliminate application downtime.