Storage containers

Storage containers are logical constructs that map to NetApp Element accounts and are used for reporting and resource allocation. They pool raw storage capacity or aggregate storage capabilities that the storage system can provide to virtual volumes. A VVol datastore that is created in vSphere is mapped to an individual storage container. A single storage container has all available resources from the NetApp Element cluster by default. If more granular governance for multi-tenancy is required, multiple storage containers can be created.

Storage containers function like traditional accounts and can contain both virtual volumes and traditional volumes. A maximum of four storage containers per cluster is supported. A minimum of one storage container is required to use VVols functionality. On the VVols > Storage Containers page of the NetApp Element Management extension point, you can create, delete, and view details about storage containers. You can discover storage containers in vCenter during VVols creation.