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Cohesity converged data protection bulks up hyper-convergence

Cohesity's Orion 5.0 software for hyper-converged secondary data supports more protocols and hypervisors, and DataPlatform hardware now includes 183 TB node.

Cohesity's converged data protection expanded its hyper-converged secondary storage platform by adding NAS support beyond NetApp and hypervisor support beyond VMware.

Cohesity DataProtect 5 (code-named "Orion") software also now supports data deduplication for object storage, global indexing and file system quotas with audit logs.

DataProtect is part of the Cohesity DataPlatform that integrates software on disk appliances to converge backup, archiving and other secondary storage functions. Cohesity first launched its DataPlatform in 2015, and has since been building out enterprise-level features for the converged data protection.

Cohesity now supports Microsoft Hyper-V, Linux KVM and Nutanix AHV hypervisors. It began with support only for VMware hypervisors. And while earlier versions backed up NetApp NAS devices, the Orion release protects data on Dell EMC Isilon, Pure Storage FlashBlade, and any NFS and SMB file systems.

The newest DataProtect also supports global deduplication for Amazon S3 object storage.

We are able to back up any hypervisor, any NAS device.
Patrick Rogersvice president of marketing, Cohesity

"We are able to back up any hypervisor, any NAS device," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of marketing at Cohesity. "We are extending our scope. We now offer multiprotocol access, which is important because people use NFS, SMB or S3. It's all globally deduplicated at a variable block level. Nobody offers globally deduped object storage. [Dell EMC] Data Domain does it in one appliance. We do it across appliances."

Cohesity has added a higher capacity 2U appliance, the C3000 storage node. The C3000 holds up to 183 TB of raw capacity for hyper-converged secondary storage, compared to the C2000 node that holds up to 25 TB. Customers can mix and match the C3000 and C2000 nodes in clusters.

Cohesity said the Cloud Edition of its converged data protection for hyper-converged secondary storage has become generally available.

Cohesity platform 'simplifies the management'

Cohesity aims to be the platform for converging all non-primary storage. It sells its DataPlatform as the underlying file system that manages storage across the Cohesity storage nodes. It handles features such as data deduplication, compression, encryption and tiering across hard disk drives, solid-state drives and the cloud for hyper-converged secondary storage.

DataProtect can replace backup software so the Cohesity storage appliances work as integrated backup boxes without the need for separate backup applications and media servers. The converged data protection software is packaged with Cisco UCS servers and Hewlett Packard Enterprise ProLiant servers.

Cohesity use cases include data protection, test and development, archiving, search and analytics for hyper-converged secondary storage.

Henry Baltazar, research director of storage at 451 Research, said Cohesity stands out among the competition for its global deduplication for object storage. This allows administrators to both cull redundant data and manage the deduped data from a single pool rather than multiple silos.

"As data gets bigger, the commonalities increase," Baltazar said. "This simplifies the management. It's kind of rare to do global deduplication on object storage. It has some [deduplication] efficiencies, but this expands the efficiencies."

Arun Taneja, founder of analyst firm Taneja Group, said Cohesity's support for "any NAS" means customers don't have to use network data management protocol (NDMP) to back up data between NAS and backup devices. Previously, the Cohesity converged data protection software worked only with NetApp systems, which required NDMP.

"In NetApp, you have to use NDMP to get into a protective device," Taneja said. "NDMP is a very heavy protocol and it takes forever to get out of [systems]. Now, Cohesity announced they can pull data out of anything that uses NFS or SMB. It's a speed issue. NFS supports any NAS device; not every NAS device supports NDMP.

"Multiprotocol access is common these days, but it's done through gateways," he said. "These guys do it clean, with no gateways."

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