Understanding Clones in VMware vSphere 7: Performance Study

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May 27, 2021

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VMware vSphere offers three different types of clones including full clone, linked clone, and instant clone. In this paper, we evaluate clone performance with a variety of workloads and discuss the provisioning rates of the different clone types. In addition, we provide some tips and tricks to improve the provisioning rates. Revised to include performance testing with VMware Virtual Volumes (vVOLs) and VMware vSAN.