Storage efficiency enables you to store the maximum amount of data for the lowest cost and accommodate rapid data growth while consuming less space. You can use technologies such as RAID-DP, FlexVol, Snapshot copies, deduplication, SnapMirror, and FlexClone to increase storage utilization and decrease storage costs. When used together, these technologies help to achieve increased performance.
It is based on the FlexVol technology.
Two Snapshot copies created in sequence differ only by the blocks added or changed in the time interval between the two. This block incremental behavior limits the associated consumption of storage capacity.
It can serve as a critical component in implementing enterprise data protection strategies. You can replicate your data to one or more storage systems to minimize downtime costs in case of a production site failure. You can also use SnapMirror technology to centralize the backup of data to disks from multiple data centers.
A FlexClone volume, file, or LUN is a writable point-in-time image of the FlexVol volume or another FlexClone volume, file, or LUN. This technology enables you to use space efficiently, storing only data that changes between the parent and the clone.
With FlexArray Virtualization, you can virtualize your entire storage infrastructure under one interface, and you can apply all the preceding efficiencies to your non-NetApp systems.