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Types of SVMs

A cluster consists of four types of SVMs, which help in managing the cluster and its resources and data access to the clients and applications.

A cluster contains the following types of SVMs:

  • Admin SVM

    The cluster setup process automatically creates the admin SVM for the cluster. The admin SVM represents the cluster.

  • Node SVM

    A node SVM is created when the node joins the cluster, and the node SVM represents the individual nodes of the cluster.

  • System SVM (advanced)

    A system SVM is automatically created for cluster-level communications in an IPspace.

  • Data SVM

    A data SVM represents the data serving SVMs. After the cluster setup, a cluster administrator must create data SVMs and add volumes to these SVMs to facilitate data access from the cluster.

    A cluster must have at least one data SVM to serve data to its clients.

Unless otherwise specified, the term SVM refers to a data (data-serving) SVM.

In the CLI, SVMs are displayed as Vservers.

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