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Thick provisioning definition

Thick provisioning is a storage allocation technique that assigns the entire amount of disk space to a server or application upfront. Unlike thin provisioning, this method doesn't dynamically adjust based on usage. Instead, it reserves the full specified capacity. This approach can lead to underutilized storage.

See also: self-provisioning

Use cases of thick provisioning

  • Critical applications. For high-priority applications requiring constant and guaranteed disk space, thick provisioning ensures uninterrupted access to storage. It's ideal where performance stability is crucial.
  • Fixed data sets. Thick provisioning offers a reliable storage solution in scenarios with predictable, unchanging data sizes, such as certain databases. It allocates a fixed amount of space, eliminating the need for ongoing management.
  • High-performance computing. Systems requiring rapid data access, like high-performance computing environments, benefit from thick provisioning. It provides immediate, full-speed access to the pre-allocated storage.
  • Regulatory compliance. Thick provisioning ensures dedicated storage space for data that must comply with strict regulatory standards. This setup aids in meeting compliance requirements regarding data storage and retrieval.
  • Simplified management: In smaller IT environments with well-known and stable storage requirements, thick provisioning simplifies storage management. It offers a straightforward approach with less need for continuous monitoring and adjustment.