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How qtrees compare with FlexVol volumes

In general, qtrees are similar to FlexVol volumes. However, the two technologies have some key differences. Understanding these differences helps you choose between them when you design your storage architecture.

The following table compares qtrees and FlexVol volumes.
Functionality Qtree FlexVol volume
Enables organizing user data Yes Yes
Enables grouping users with similar needs Yes Yes
Accepts a security style Yes Yes
Accepts oplocks configuration Yes Yes
Can be backed up and restored as a unit using SnapMirror Yes Yes
Can be backed up and restored as a unit using SnapVault Yes No
Can be resized Yes (using quota limits) Yes
Supports Snapshot copies No (qtree data can be extracted from volume Snapshot copies) Yes
Supports quotas Yes Yes
Can be cloned No (except as part of a FlexVol volume) Yes