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Use thin provisioning
It’s very easy for storage in virtual environments to grow out of control, as virtual machines are relatively easy
Use vendor plug-ins
Almost all enterprise and midrange storage platforms offer plug-ins for centralized management tools like VMware vCenter. This provides a “single-pane-of-glass” view of both virtual servers and storage, in many cases allowing the storage to be configured directly from the vCenter console. In organizations without dedicated storage teams, this can significantly reduce the work of an IT administrator.
This was first published in April 2012