Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator's storage systems make extensive use of thin provisioning, using what is known as Copy-On-Write (COW) technology. This allows you to provision more space than is available on your storage unit provided customers are not using the full amount the storage allocated to their virtual machines.
- For more information about COW, please refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZFS
This helps us make our system scalable and fast when performing disk and server operations. Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator also fully supports the concept of 'Thick' provisioning if desired, although disk operations will be accordingly slower.