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Storage Provisioning and Allocations

Maximize Efficiency through Storage Provisioning

Optimize storage provisioning across multi-vendor on-prem, virtual, and cloud infrastructures.

Right-size your workloads, find and repurpose extra device space, re-tier effectively, and prevent overprovisioning. Read more below!



Simplify Storage Provisioning


Visual Storage Intelligence finds hidden free space ready to be re-allocated.


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Find and Allocate Additional Device Space

Identify allocated but unused storage waiting to be put to use.

Find and consolidate space fragmented across pools and volumes.

Analyze allocation details for VMware and cloud storage together.



Don’t Waste Space on Data of Low-Importance

Find data ready to be archived or re-tiered by using file analysis, snapshot reporting, VM right-size reporting, and more.

Review growth trends by storage tier and assess the efficiency of your tiering strategy.


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Prevent Overprovisioning

Use multiple modeling automations to track trends and forecast device growth.

Get alerts when a device exceeds your capacity threshold standards (including on data-reduction devices and VMs).

See how long until VM capacity is reached – down to the day.


Storage Provisioning and Allocations

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Storage Provisioning FAQs


What is storage provisioning and why is it important?

Storage provisioning, also referred to as storage allocating, is the process of assigning storage space to a computing device.

Whether being assigned to a server, virtual machine, or other device, the storage capacity must be allocated and configured in a way that is consistent with the device’s specifications and remaining capacity. How this is done can determine how efficient storage devices are – and how much money is spent on storage capacity.

For more about provisioning, thin vs. thick provisioning, and cost-saving measures, read our Storage Management 101.

Is storage provisioning only a concern in SAN environments?

In the past, storage provisioning was (and still often is) completed by SAN administrators. However, with the emergence of VMware, hyperconverged infrastructures, public cloud, and other multi-platform storage architectures, storage assignments are an important concern for any IT infrastructure professional.

For example, under-provisioning in these environments can have financial consequences (wasted money on cloud capacity contracts or VM space). In fact, 2020 research by HPE found that two-thirds of cloud and on-prem organizations are wasting 40% or more of their purchased storage!

What is “orphaned storage?”

“Orphaned storage” is our term for any device space that has been allocated but is not in use (ie: assigned with no I/O mapped back). Like zombies, this storage space seems alive and in use but is not actually doing anything. You won’t find them by simply looking for unused space, but using a tool like Visual Storage Intelligence helps you find them in minutes. One company saved over $1 million by doing just that!

What is fragmented storage?

Fragmented storage is available space that is divided among too many pools, rendering it unusable without consolidating pool-level allocations. Fortunately, Visual Storage Intelligence provides space fragmentation reporting, highlighting fragmented storage in minutes so you can take action and get more out of your storage assets.

What is volume-locked free space?

Volume-locked free space is available storage space that is fragmented among multiple volumes. In some storage devices, it looks invisible if all the volumes of a pool are technically in use (thin-provisioned). Even though there is fractional free space on the volumes, the pool as a whole appears to be full. Visual Storage Intelligence® provides volume-level reporting that illuminates these opportunities.

Is storage provisioning reporting included in a standard Visual Storage Intelligence® subscription?

Yes! With a standard subscription you have full, 24/7 data collection and reporting – including all of our storage provisioning visibility and insights. Plus, you can try us out free for 30 days.


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