Using Snap Creator to Offload Backups in RHEV & KVM

Several months ago I highlighted the use case for mixing thick and thin hypervisors in the context of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Today, I’d like to build on that to provide more detail on using an agent on the thick hypervisor (RHEL 6 and KVM) to streamline the process of backing up data volumes. And as the title suggests, we’re offloading that backup requirement away from the hypervisor. Why?

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Offload Cloning from RHEV and oVirt to NetApp

In the previous posts I showed how valuable the ability to offload cloning from the KVM hypervisor to the backend storage could be. Specifically, I was using NetApp FlexClone to create new VM’s for use on a RHEL 6 (KVM) hypervisor. The VM creation time was literally cut from minutes to seconds.

So, what about RHEV?

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