Clone and attach a vDisk

The clone and attach vDisk feature in ThinkAgile CP enables IT administrators to support data protection and availability use cases directly within ThinkAgile CP, all from a single golden copy of your production data.

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.

Within ThinkAgile CP, application-consistent clones can be 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 clone and attach function allows that copy to be attached immediately to a new application instance that needs that copy.

For instructions on how to clone and attach a vDisk in the ThinkAgile CP Cloud Controller, see the following topic:

Clone and attach a vDisk