Software testing and training are other valuable applications for FlashSnap point-in-time copies. These are needs that cannot be addressed by simple data replication, because you need to be able to update and modify the copy of the data used for testing. FlashSnap addresses these needs easily.
By taking a snapshot and loading it on a host used for testing or development, you can provide developers and QA staff with the most realistic test data possible. By actually using a point-in-time copy of the production data, you can anticipate the behavior of the application in the production setting. You also save the time of creating and maintaining test data sets. This data can also be used for training purposes.