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How SnapMirror works

SnapMirror replicates data from a source volume or qtree to a partner destination volume or qtree, respectively, by using Snapshot copies. Before using SnapMirror to copy data, you need to establish a relationship between the source and the destination.

You can specify a SnapMirror source and destination relationship between volumes or qtrees by using one of the following options:
The SnapMirror feature performs the following operations:
  1. Creates a Snapshot copy of the data on the source volume.
  2. Copies it to the destination, which can be a read-only volume or qtree.
  3. Updates the destination to reflect incremental changes on the source, as per the schedule you specify.

The result of this process is an online, read-only volume or qtree that contains the same data as the source at the time of the most recent update.

Each of the following replication methods consists of a pair of operations, one operation each at the source storage system and the destination storage system:

If a storage system is the source for one replication and the destination for another replication, it uses two replication operations. Similarly, if a storage system is the source as well as the destination for the same replication, it uses two replication operations.