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Cohesity's converged data protection platform goes ROBO

Cohesity upgraded its product line with a virtual edition appliance for converged protection in remote offices and branch offices. It also added a new hardware appliance.

Cohesity Inc. is moving its converged data protection platform into remote offices with the rollout of its software-only DataPlatform and hyper-converged hardware nodes.

This week, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company launched its Data Platform Virtual Edition (VE) product, which is integrated with VMware vSphere to consolidate secondary storage of unstructured data in remote offices. The VE replicates data to centralized data centers and the public cloud, which includes Google Nearline, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Amazon Glacier.

Cohesity's converged data protection strategy combines data storage for backup, archiving, test/dev and other nonproduction workloads into one scale-out platform.

The VE supports between 16 GB and 64 GB of memory, and it scales to 8 TB. It supports VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection, Oracle Recovery Manager, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Windows and Linux physical servers.

Data Platform VE runs on a virtual machine in a remote office, and it can be deployed from an organization's main site.

Cohesity is also adding the C2100 cluster node model to its C2000 hardware lineup for converged data protection, which targets remote or branch offices. The C2100 includes 6 TB of hard disk drive storage per node, and up to 24 TB in a four-node cluster. It has 800 GB of Peripheral Component Interconnect Express flash storage for one node and up to 3.2 TB in a cluster. The system also scales up to 256 GB of memory in a four-node cluster.

Like the VE, the C2100 supports Google Nearline, Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3 and Glacier.

Cohesity tackles secondary storage with VE

"[Last year], we announced availability of our software in the public cloud. Now, the Virtual Edition of our software can run in branch or remote offices," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of marketing and product management at Cohesity. "If you need to back up anywhere between five to 25 virtual machines, you use the VE. If you have to backup up to 100 virtual machines, you use the C2100."

Cohesity has applied hyper-converged principles to the secondary storage side, across all types of secondary workloads.
Arun Tanejafounder, Taneja Group

Arun Taneja, founder of the Taneja Group, said Cohesity offers a software-defined, converged data protection platform that is the same from the edge to the data center to the cloud.

"It's one platform for all secondary storage applications," he said. "That is what is unique about its solution. Cohesity has applied hyper-converged principles to the secondary storage side, across all types of secondary workloads."

Taneja said most of Cohesity's competitors are traditional data protection vendors, such as Commvault, Dell EMC and Veeam.

"While they are all trying to move in the same direction, they solve the overall problem in a piecemeal [way], with data protection using media servers, data deduplication using special appliances and replication using different architectures," Taneja said. "Cohesity does it in a single platform across all workloads. Now, they do it from the edge to the cloud."

Cohesity converged data protection also competes with newcomers such as Rubrik, which takes a similar converged secondary storage approach, and Igneous Systems, which protects data by moving it to the cloud.

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Where in your environment would Cohesity's end-to-end data protection platform be the best fit?
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Lots of competitors in this space with established products.
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I believe the main issue here remains cost! How do they solve the issue?
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Delivering a cost effect appliance for this platform is important.  Also, our customers at Unitrends like being able to scale their own platform as an option to buying an appliance.  Ditch the Nitch - We've found big benefits to consolidating data protection solutions for backup, storage, dedup, cloud integration, etc under one vendor for a long time. 
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