Clone & Attach
Creates copies of datasets in seconds.
There are countless situations in which it is useful to create copies of your production data: to perform tasks such as malware analysis, application development and testing (dev/test), user acceptance testing (UAT), analytics, data protection, archiving and provisioning of new instances. It is not uncommon to see 7-10 copies of production data in enterprises today. Unfortunately, traditional copies do not come for free. They consume significant storage, server and network resources, and valuable administrator time and energy. As a result, many IT shops make do with fewer, and less up-to-date copies than they really need. The problem is so significant that entire companies have been created to attack this problem of copy data management.
Cloudistics Clone and Attach vDisk capabilities allow IT administrators to support many data protection and availability use cases from only one golden copy of your production data. The application-consistent clones are created in seconds, are space efficient and available for quick access while also being deduplicated and compressed for backup or long-term retention. Clones allow you to access a single, point-in-time copy of your primary data. The basic operation is Clone and Attach, which allows a consistent copy to be made and immediately attached to a new application instance that needs that copy. Clones may also be deleted once they are no longer needed.
Features and capabilities
Unlike today’s large, multi-TB drive copies, which can take many minutes or hours to complete, the Cloudistics Clone and Attach technology allows even the largest disks to be cloned in a matter of seconds.
A clone uses a small amount of space for metadata, and then only consumes additional space as data is changed or added. As a result, Cloudistics Clone and Attach feature can cut the storage you need for dev/test or virtual environments by 50% or more.
Supports business continuity
Cloudistics Clone and Attach makes it possible to clone and fully test your DR processes, or use your DR environment for dev/test without interfering with ongoing replication. You simply clone your DR copies and do dev/test on the clones.
Improves quality of dev/test
Make as many copies of your full production data as you need. If there are 20 users, give each user their own clone if you wish. If a test corrupts the data, start again in seconds. Developers and test engineers spend less time waiting for access to datasets and more time doing productive work.
Accelerates server and virtual desktop provisioning
Deploy tens or hundreds of new instances in minutes with only a small incremental increase in storage directly from our application templates.
Active instances’ disks can be cloned and attached to an instance with malware software installed that does scanning for vulnerabilities. The clone can then be deleted. This is accomplished during normal business operations and without disrupting the production workloads.
Clones are writeable and persistent.