Evaluator Group covers Cohesity from several angles, including as a NAS system with Cohesity SpanFS and as a Multi-Cloud Data Management offering with Cohesity DataPlatform. This research focuses on Cohesity DataProtect as a data protection offering.
Cohesity DataProtect is a software module that sits on top of Cohesity DataPlatform, a distributed, highly scalable storage system designed to function as a consolidation point for a variety of secondary data storage types. DataProtect adds the backup and recovery services required for DataPlatform to function in “Integrated Mode,” serving as an integrated backup solution without requiring a separate backup application. DataPlatform can also operate in “Target Mode,” presenting itself as an NFS target for third-party data protection solutions such as Commvault, Dell EMC Avamar, Dell EMC NetWorker, Veeam and Veritas. DataPlatform can be used in both Target and Integrated Modes for different data sets, simultaneously. Mixed-node clusters are supported for Cohesity nodes and Cohesity with Cisco, Dell EMC, Fujitsu and HPE hardware; mixed-node clusters across third-party vendors (e.g., Dell EMC and Cisco or Cisco and HPE) are not supported. This includes all-NVMe nodes and disk-based nodes. Additionally, Cohesity DataProtect is offered as a flash-based purpose-built backup appliance (Pure FlashRecover™, Powered by Cohesity®) through a partnership with Pure Storage.
Cohesity DataPlatform provides several foundational data protection features including automated global indexing, compression, global, variable-length deduplication (in-line and post-process), erasure coding, encryption, replication and snapshotting via Cohesity SnapTreeTM technology. According to Cohesity, SnapTreeTM allows for consistent and low latency recovery of applications and files regardless of the number of snapshots taken – providing the foundation for its Instant Mass Restore recovery at scale capability. Cohesity’s SmartFiles Views feature automates disaster recovery orchestration, allowing customers to test disaster recovery scenarios and automatically failover and failback at scale. DataProtect adds capabilities including policy-based automation of protection jobs, and global visibility and metadata searching (across all clusters under Cohesity’s management, when integrated with the Helios SaaS-based management capabilities), and mobility of data to the public cloud for archive and long-term retention.
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