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 Operational notes for GPFS driver

 Snapshots and clones

Volume snapshots are implemented using the GPFS file clone feature. Whenever a new snapshot is created, the snapshot file is efficiently created as a read-only clone parent of the volume, and the volume file uses copy-on-write optimization strategy to minimize data movement.

Similarly when a new volume is created from a snapshot or from an existing volume, the same approach is taken. The same approach is also used when a new volume is created from an Image Service image, if the source image is in raw format, and gpfs_images_share_mode is set to copy_on_write.

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