IBM XIV® Storage System: Snapshots Reinvented

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Executive Summary

The ability to create and manage snapshots of existing volumes is among the most fundamental features commonly offered by enterprise-class storage systems today. In this white paper, we describe the XIV snapshot architecture and explain its underlying advantages in terms of performance, ease of use, flexibility and reliability. We explain how these advantages are achieved by harnessing the power afforded by the system's unique overall grid architecture.

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