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Definition: copy data


All the non-production data in an organization. Comprising backup data, disaster recovery data, routine system snapshots, analytics, development and test data and all the retained information collected from customers, the copy data volume is many times greater than "production data," which flows through the company to transact business every day. Copy data management deals with storage capacity, whereas production data is optimized for performance. See copy data management, dark data, backup, disaster recovery and HSM.