Abiquo is a hypervisor-independent cloud solution that can manage multiple virtualization technologies. It is able to deploy virtual appliances to many different hypervisors, and manage them from a rich web interface. The following sections describe the template disk formats supported by the Abiquo platform, and the formats supported by the hypervisors Abiquo manages.
To retrieve the information about Supported Disk Format Types from the Abiquo API, use the requests of the DiskFormatTypes Resource
Abiquo supports the disk format types given in this table for OVF import.
Abiquo identifies the disk formats by their URIs as given in the following table. These URIs were found in OVF files exported in these formats. However, over time vendors may change their reference information and URIs. Therefore customers who wish to import OVF files should check that their file formats will be correctly identified by Abiquo.
|Disk format||URI||Technical Reference|
Disk From Device - Raw
VMDK Stream Optimized
see Stream-Optimized p11
VMDK Fixed Disk
see Simple Extents p5
VMDK Sparse Disk
see Hosted Sparse Extents p6
/ ESXi Host Sparse Extents on p9
VHD Fixed Disk
|VHD specification Word file |
see Fixed Hard Disk Image p3
VHD Sparse Disk
see Dynamic Hard Disk Image p3
|VHDX Fixed Disk||http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831446.aspx#monolithic_flat|
|VHDX Sparse Disk||http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831446.aspx#monolithic_sparse|
VDI Fixed Disk
VDI Sparse Disk
QCOW2 Fixed Disk
QCOW2 Sparse Disk
Abiquo will record UNKNOWN as the format for disks that are not in one of the above formats.
VMDK Stream Optimized format
The VMDK Stream Optimized format is a compressed format that is useful for distributing template disks. And in Abiquo 3.8.1+ it is also supported for direct deployment by ESXi. If you upload a virtual disk file in this format for other hypervisors, Abiquo will convert it to hypervisor base formats as required.
The following table shows the different formats supported by the hypervisors. If you upload a template in a format not supported by your hypervisor to the Appliance Library view, Abiquo will convert it to the most suitable format.
Disk from device - Raw
VMDK fixed disk
VMDK sparse disk
|VMDK stream optimized||in Abiquo 3.8.1+|
VHD fixed disk
VHD sparse disk
Deploy VHDX templates
VDI fixed disk
VDI sparse disk
QCOW2 fixed disk
QCOW2 sparse disk
Raw format for persistent virtual machine templates
The Disk from device or raw format is used for persistent virtual machine templates. Before creating a persistent virtual machine template, Abiquo converts the template's disks to raw format and then dumps them to a volume on the selected storage.
VMDK Stream Optimized format
The VMDK Stream Optimized format is a compressed format that is useful for distributing template disks. And in Abiquo 3.8.1+ it is also supported for direct deployment by ESXi. If you upload a virtual disk file in this format in Abiquo 3.8 or for other hypervisors, Abiquo will convert it to hypervisor base formats as required.
Abiquo supports ISO disks, which may be bootable installation disks (added to templates) or data disks (added to virtual machines). See: