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Cohesity SpanFS – Product Analysis

Published June 4th, 2020. 18-page analysis covers highlights, hardware, software, performance and more. Download the full product analysis now!

Cohesity SpanFS is software to build a scale out NAS system that originates from Cohesity DataPlatform as SmartFiles. DataProtect, a separate offering from Cohesity, is a distributed, highly scalable storage system designed to function as a consolidation point for a variety of secondary data storage workloads and as an integrated backup and data management solution. SpanFS has a clustered, scale-out architecture with each node providing storage capacity, processing power and networking connectivity. The software is intended to run on standard servers with captive storage.

While offered as a secondary storage platform by Cohesity, SpanFS software is available for customers and integrators to build complete, scale out systems. Natively a NAS system with support for file protocols of NFS and CIFS/SMB, SpanFS also supports S3 protocol for object storage and access, mapping objects to files in the system.

There are a few scale out NAS systems available in the market and a few offerings of software to build scale out systems. Cohesity has a somewhat unique place with SpanFS software and the DataPlatform product that uses SpanFS software for SmartFiles. Competitors are included in the Evaluator Group Research NAS midrange comparison matrix and associated Product Briefs, Analyses and Evaluation Guide.

Cohesity SpanFS Product Analysis Includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview of System
  • Hardware Description
  • Software Architecture
  • Advanced Software Features and Functions
  • Reliability, Availability and Serviceability
  • Evaluator Group Comments

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