During a full replication, SyncIQ transfers all data from the source cluster regardless of what data exists on the target cluster. A full replication consumes large amounts of network bandwidth and can take a very long time to complete. However, a full replication is less strenuous on CPU usage than a differential replication.
During a differential replication, SyncIQ first checks whether a file already exists on the target cluster and then transfers only data that does not already exist on the target cluster. A differential replication consumes less network bandwidth than a full replication; however, differential replications consume more CPU. Differential replication can be much faster than a full replication if there is an adequate amount of available CPU for the replication job to consume.