This page introduces storage management with the Abiquo platform at the Infrastructure level. It describes Abiquo concepts of persistent storage and storage tiers for implementing storage service levels.
The platform can manage external storage systems to offer self-service persistent storage to users. External storage can be used to allocate external storage volumes to VMs, or in private cloud to convert VM templates to persistent VM templates. Persistent templates save one or more VM disks to the storage platform, enabling you to take advantage of storage features such as high availability.
ESXi storage limitations
In public cloud, the platform automatically manages storage tiers and users manage storage in virtual datacenters.
In private cloud, to manage a datacenter's external storage:
To provide different storage service levels in private cloud, you can add organize the datastores of your hypervisors into datastore tiers. You can manage tiers on the Datastore tiers tab or for each individual hypervisor. See Manage Datastore Service Levels with Datastore Tiers and Allocation Rules#Storage load level rules
The platform will copy VM templates to the hypervisor datastore and you can also create hard disks and allow users to create hard disks on the hypervisor datastores. For details of how to enable the display of the VM Hard disk tab, see Configuration View#General Tab. Users will also require privileges to Manage virtual machine hard disks.