We're on 9.2P3, and we discovered to our pleasure that it is possible to create clones on a different VServer to the parent!
vol clone create -vserver svm1 -flexclone stutest2 -type RW -parent-vserver svm2 -parent-volume stutest01
Is anyone else using this function?
I guess the catch is that have to make sure that your clones don't degrade the performance of the parent volume (or other vols on the aggregate)
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NetApp making an effort to take most of the serial operations down to very granular levels (forgot the name they call it, but it's stripes of blocks). so a single object like File LUN. Volume. Aggregate are less commonly to be a bottleneck unless it goes all the way down to the disk (e.g the disk is very busy)