A storage profile is a cloud-specific set of policies that let the cloud administrator define storage for a cloud account region.
Storage policies include disk customizations, and a means to identify the type of storage by capability tags. Tags are then matched against provisioning service request constraints to create the desired storage at deployment time.
Storage profiles are cloud specific. One cloud account might have many regions, and you typically create one storage profile per region.
Vendor-independent placement is possible. For example, take three different vendor accounts and a region in each. Each region has a storage profile that includes a storage policy that is capability tagged as fast. At provisioning time, a request containing a hard fast constraint tag looks for a matching fast capability, regardless of which vendor cloud is supplying the resources. A match then applies the settings from the associated storage policy during creation of the deployed storage item.
Different cloud storage might have different performance characteristics but still be considered the fast offering by the administrator who tagged it.
Capability tags that you add to policies in storage profiles should not identify actual resource targets. Instead, they describe types of storage. For more about actual resources, see Storage Resources.