Database backup clones
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SnapManager uses the FlexClone technology to create a writable, space-efficient clone of a database backup. You can modify a clone without changing the backup source.
You might want to clone databases to enable testing or upgrades in nonproduction environments. You can clone a database residing on primary. A clone can be located on the same host or on a different host as the database.
FlexClone technology enables SnapManager to use Snapshot copies of the database to avoid creating an entire physical, disk-to-disk copy. Snapshot copies require less creation time and take up significantly less space than physical copies.
See the Data ONTAP documentation for more information about FlexClone technology.