In case you don’t know Scott is a VMware employee – he focuses on performance and scalability – and taking on Citrix/Microsoft at the how-got-the-best-product game…
Anyway, Scott’s a good resource for information (in fact some of it quite technical, but written in an accessible way) on performance.
This article debunks the popularly held myth that thin provisioning = poor performance. It doesn’t, so long as the underlying storage and VMFS is configured correctly. Actually, the performance is comparable to the old thick format. Don’t about you – but I’d rather be thin, than thick any day.
Additionally, my pal and fellow blogger – Steve Beaver has some interesting (and some would say more guarded) thoughts on thin-provisioning.
This one allows you to download a graphing tool that take the raw date from an esxtop -b output – and doesn’t suffer from the column and row limitations of conventional systems – such as Microsoft Excel