Datastores are logical containers, similar to file systems, that contain specific information of each storage device and provide a uniform model for storing virtual machine files . You can also use datastores to store ISO images, virtual machine templates, and floppy images.

Depending on the type of storage you use, datastores can be of the following types:

  • Virtual Machine File System (VMFS)
  • Network File System (NFS)

You can increase datastore capacity after you create a datastore but only if it is a VMFS datastore.