What is copy data virtualization?
Copy data virtualization is a type of virtualization approach that is applied to copies of data that are used for backing up or archiving. Because data backup and management is so large in the corporate IT world, copy data virtualization is an attempt to use this data more efficiently.
With copy data virtualization, the copy data is essentially not copied to an additional physical drive. Instead, the technology creates a specific image or pointer that points to the original virtualization data. In this way, systems can request stored data when necessary. Part of a hardware system can search for this data and be routed via a virtualization solution to where the data is archived. A central copy data repository can stream virtual copies of this data throughout the system. Advanced copy data virtualization capabilities include the ability to read and write these archived versions of files without actually accessing the copy of the file.