A while back I did this article on Storage DRS Interoperability. I had questions last week about this so I figured I would write a new article which reflects the current state (vSphere 5.1). I also included some details that are part of the interoperability white paper Frank and I did so that we have a fairly complete picture. This white paper is on 5.0, it will probably be updated at some point in the future.
The first column describes the feature or functionality, the second column the recommended or supported automation mode and the third and fourth column show which type of balancing is supported.
|Capability||Automation Mode||Space Balancing||I/O Metric Balancing|
|Array-based Thin provisioning||Manual||Yes||Yes|
|vSphere Raw Device Mappings||Fully Automated||Yes||Yes|
|vSphere Replication||Fully Automated||Yes||Yes|
|vSphere Snapshots||Fully Automated||Yes||Yes|
|vSphere Thin provisioned disks||Fully Automated||Yes||Yes|
|vSphere Linked Clones||Fully Automated (*)||Yes||Yes|
|vSphere Storage Metro Clustering||Manual||Yes||Yes|
|vSphere Site Recovery Manager||Not supported||n/a||n/a|
|VMware vCloud Director||Fully Automated (*)||Yes||Yes|
|VMware View (Linked Clones)||Not Supported||n/a||n/a||VMware View (Full Clones)||Fully Automated||Yes||Yes|
(*) = Change from 5.0