A conceptualization of the purpose of a disk or a volume. Connectivity reports in the Console display data on intent satisfaction: a measure of how closely the storage device’s actual usage aligns with its intended purpose.

A volume’s intent is a conceptualization of the volume’s purpose as defined by its characteristics and implemented by a template. ISP attempts to preserve the intent of a volume whenever the volume is reconfigured, resized, or relocated. Intent preservation automatically conserves capabilities such as reliability and performance, and observes additional rules such as allocating storage based on confinement and exclusion specifications.