Setting up your ESXi storage in traditional environments, includes configuring your storage systems and devices, enabling storage adapters, and creating datastores. Types of Physical StorageIn traditional storage environments, the ESXi storage management process starts with storage space that your storage administrator preallocates on different storage systems. ESXi supports local storage and networked storage. Supported Storage AdaptersStorage adapters provide connectivity for your ESXi host to a specific storage unit or network. Datastore CharacteristicsDatastores are logical containers, analogous to file systems, that hide specifics of each storage device and provide a uniform model for storing virtual machine files. You can display all datastores available to your hosts and analyze their properties.