A long-term Total Cost of Ownership analysis of Cohesity DataPlatform for data protection storage and infrastructure
Many IT organizations are moving their data centers toward a services delivery model that can simultaneously support existing applications while looking for insights in new mobile, social, and analytics applications. They are also finding that they may have to first increase spending on servers, networking and both high performance and long-term storage. As this occurs, many have decided to invest in “future forward” technologies rather than simply spend more money refreshing existing ones.
While evaluating these new storage technologies, such as all-flash arrays, object storage, and distributed platforms for primary storage, IT administrators should not overlook the secondary storage environment, and in particular, data protection storage as part of the evaluation process. Key considerations include:
- New technologies are now being blended into data protection storage. How can they be used?
- What are the most cost effective data protection platforms for today and for the future as data reduction technology advances?
- Is IT bound to repeat the same costly three- to four-year hardware refresh cycles of the past, or is there a better way to extend the useful life of the data protection infrastructure?
This paper examines Cohesity’s DataPlatform in the context of two use cases. First, the use of Cohesity as an efficient distributed storage platform is reviewed to replace traditional target storage devices and media for backup and recovery operations. The second use case looks at Cohesity as an integrated, end-to-end data protection solution for backup and recovery, in addition to providing scalable, cost-effective storage capacity. The research presented here in the form of total cost of ownership (TCO) models shows that enterprise storage administrators can cut their yearly cost for data protection target storage almost in half * when using Cohesity’s DataPlatform to replace purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs). It also shows that using Cohesity’s end-to-end solution that integrates backup and recovery software with the Cohesity DataPlatform can cut the first year TCO of a data protection environment—software included – by more than half *.
The TCO modeling is presented using a 3-4-year time horizon as is typically done by IT administrators, given the life of a storage platform before a technology refresh cycle is required. However, it is noted that Cohesity offers a long term data protection solution that can be scaled and upgraded in place without replacing the entire system. As a result, the Cohesity architecture can extend the time horizon used in typical TCO modelling exercises from 3-4 years to 7-10 years. This long-term modelling includes a comparison with competing solutions that require platform replacement and data migration activities as part of the total cost of ownership vs. the Cohesity solution that does not. Doing so gives a more accurate picture of cost for long-term and sustainable data protection services delivery.
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