How does NetApp FlexClone work?

A FlexClone volume is a fully functional FlexVol volume similar to its parent. A FlexClone volume is always created in the same aggregate as its parent. A FlexClone volume is always created in the same Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) as its parent. An Infinite Volume cannot be used as the parent of a FlexClone volume.

What is volume and Qtree?

A qtree is a logically defined file system that can exist as a special subdirectory of the root directory within an internal volume. You can create up to 4,995 qtrees per internal volume. There is no maximum for the storage system as a whole. In general, qtrees are similar to internal volumes.

What are the types of volumes in NetApp?

Data ONTAP provides two types of volumes: FlexVol volumes and Infinite Volumes. There are also volume variations, such as FlexClone volumes, FlexCache volumes, data protection mirrors, and load-sharing mirrors. Not all volume variations are supported for both types of volumes.

What is NetApp aggregate volume?

The aggregate provides storage, based on its configuration, to its associated FlexVol volumes or Infinite Volume. Aggregates have the following characteristics: They can be composed of disks or array LUNs. They can be in 64-bit or 32-bit format.

What is FlexClone DB?

FlexClone is a powerful and unique feature introduced in Data ONTAP® 7G that adds a new level of agility and efficiency to storage operations by allowing an individual to create an instant clone of a flexible volume (FlexVol™ volume).

What is Flex Clone DB?

A FlexClone volume is, not surprisingly, a clone of another volume. The feature is most commonly used for deploying a virtual desktop environment or for development and testing. Both the parent and child appear on the ‘Volumes’ page in System Manager and can be managed separately.

What is the difference between a volume and a LUN?

A LUN is a logical volume from the point of view of the storage. From the client point of view the LUN it is a disc volume that can be partitioned. Volume is a generic term. It means a contiguous storage area.

What is a LUN in netapp?

A LUN is a logical representaion of storage. It looks like a hard disk to the client. It looks like a file inside of a volume. You can see the Data ONTAP ‘Block Access Management Guide for iSCSI and FC’ for documentation. Its rough but pretty straight forward.

How many types of volume are there?

Volume Formulas of Various Geometric Figures

Shapes Volume Formula Variables
Rectangular Solid or Cuboid V = l × w × h l = Length w = Width h = Height
Cube V = a3 a = Length of edge or side
Cylinder V = πr2h r = Radius of the circular base h = Height
Prism V = B × h B = Area of base, (B = side2 or length.breadth) h = Height

What is FlexVol volumes in netapp?

A FlexVol volume is a data container associated with a Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) with FlexVol volumes. It gets its storage from a single associated aggregate, which it might share with other FlexVol volumes or Infinite Volumes. It can be used to contain files in a NAS environment, or LUNs in a SAN environment.

What is the difference between a LUN and a volume?

How do you make a FlexClone NetApp?


  1. Expand the Storage Virtual Machines hierarchy in the left navigation pane.
  2. In the navigation pane, select the Storage Virtual Machine (SVM), and click Storage > Volumes .
  3. Select the volume from the volume list.
  4. Click Clone > Create > Volume.