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Types of SVMs

A cluster consists of three types of SVMs, which help in managing the cluster and its resources and the data access to the clients and applications.

A cluster contains the following types of SVMs:

The cluster setup process automatically creates the admin SVM for the cluster. A node SVM is created when the node joins the cluster. The admin SVM represents the cluster, and node SVM represents the individual nodes of the cluster.

The data SVM represents the data serving SVMs. After the cluster setup, a cluster administrator must create data SVMs and add volumes to these SVMs to facilitate data access from the cluster. A cluster must have at least one data SVM to serve data to its clients.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, the term SVM refers to data (data-serving) SVM, which applies to both SVMs with FlexVol volumes and SVMs with Infinite Volume.

In the CLI, SVMs are displayed as Vservers.