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Cohesity backup replaces legacy EMC at Piedmont HealthCare

Cohesity advertises its scale-out data protection system as an answer for all secondary storage needs, but some shops just want a better answer for their old-fashioned backup products.

That was the case with Piedmont HealthCare, a medical group with more than 50 locations and 1,000 employees throughout North Carolina. Byron Williams, Piedmont’s IT infrastructure manager, said the medical group switched to Cohesity backup after growing frustrated with its legacy data protection products.

Piedmont had used legacy backup stalwarts from Dell EMC — NetWorker software and Data Domain deduplication disk targets. Williams said the combination was complex and wasted a lot of time.

“If a backup failed, troubleshooting took a long time,” he said of the Dell EMC backup products. “We had to reach out to EMC support to pull the logs. Sometimes, it took a day just to hear back from them after reviewing the logs, and your backup job might not get fixed until the next day.

“With Cohesity, the process of adding a virtual machine to the backup job takes just a few clicks. With NetWorker, sometimes you have to install a NetWorker agent, configure the agent on the virtual machine and then come back to NetWorker to finish the configuration. It’s very time-consuming.”

Cohesity backup consists of its DataProtect software either integrated on DataPlatform appliances or as virtual appliances; Piedmont bought the appliance option. Williams said he had never heard of Cohesity when he started his search for better backup in mid-2017, but Piedmont’s IT service provider SHI International recommended the relative newcomer. Williams said he was hooked from the first demo of Cohesity’s DataPlatform.

“We liked the web interface, the way you set policies … it was night and day compared to what we had,” he said. “We knew from the demo it would do everything we wanted to do.”

Williams said it was “nice to get away from” the Java-based NetWorker interface.

Still, before closing the deal, Piedmont also looked at Rubrik — another scale-out converged data protection vendor. Williams said Rubrik’s product also impressed him, until he saw the price.

“Rubrik was a nice product, but when they came back with what it would cost, it wasn’t even close to Cohesity,” he said.

In October 2017, Piedmont purchased two Cohesity C2500 appliances, each with 96 TB of raw hard disk drive capacity and 6.4 TB of PCI Express flash. The healthcare firm installed the appliances in data centers 25 miles apart, replicating backed-up data between them for disaster recovery.

The healthcare company switched to Cohesity at the same time it installed a new Pure Storage all-flash array. Cohesity supports array-based snapshots on Pure’s storage.

Piedmont now backs up all of its more than 100 virtual machines to Cohesity, using its DataProtect software for Citrix servers, Microsoft Exchange and SQL, all domain controllers, and most of its healthcare applications.

Williams said he sees an average 2-to-1 data deduplication ratio with Cohesity backup software.

He said the biggest benefit since switching is “the time it saves us. When we go to recover a file or a whole VM, that process is simple. There’s a Recover button on the dashboard, and it takes three steps to recover. It’s a lot quicker than NetWorker. That took 10 steps or more.”

Piedmont made the transition by pointing Cohesity backup jobs at DataPlatform appliances, rather than at Data Domain, while keeping backed-up data on the EMC targets during the switch over for insurance. Williams said he still uses Data Domain for data from an AIX server, because he is waiting for Cohesity to add an AIX client.

Williams said while Piedmont doesn’t use Cohesity for advertised secondary storage use cases such as archiving and analytics, he does find its test/dev features valuable.

“You can just take one of the snapshots you have for your backups, spin up a clone of it and have a test environment running from Cohesity,” he said. “When you’re done testing, it’s really easy to destroy that environment.”

For Sale – High spec i5 starter build

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256gb EVO 850 ssd (recent rma replacement from samsung)
corsair case (recent purchase from amazon)
500W CXM corsair modular psu
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Windows 10 pro license tied to board.

Youd only need to add a cooler and GPU to have an awesome value gaming rig.

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Price and currency: 350
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For Sale – High spec i5 starter build

Hi there,

Having switched to a gaming laptop for my secondary gaming rig, i have the bulk of my old rig for sale…

i5 4670k,
16gb 1866mhz ballistix tracer LED DDR3,
Gigabyte z97p-d3 board,
256gb EVO 850 ssd (recent rma replacement from samsung)
corsair case (recent purchase from amazon)
500W CXM corsair modular psu
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Windows 10 pro license tied to board.

Youd only need to add a cooler and GPU to have an awesome value gaming rig.

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For Sale – High spec i5 starter build

Hi there,

Having switched to a gaming laptop for my secondary gaming rig, i have the bulk of my old rig for sale…

i5 4670k,
16gb 1866mhz ballistix tracer LED DDR3,
Gigabyte z97p-d3 board,
256gb EVO 850 ssd (recent rma replacement from samsung)
corsair case (recent purchase from amazon)
500W CXM corsair modular psu
4 x 120mm case fans
Windows 10 pro license tied to board.

Youd only need to add a cooler and GPU to have an awesome value gaming rig.

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For Sale – High spec i5 starter build

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Having switched to a gaming laptop for my secondary gaming rig, i have the bulk of my old rig for sale…

i5 4670k,
16gb 1866mhz ballistix tracer LED DDR3,
Gigabyte z97p-d3 board,
256gb EVO 850 ssd (recent rma replacement from samsung)
corsair case (recent purchase from amazon)
500W CXM corsair modular psu
4 x 120mm case fans
Windows 10 pro license tied to board.

Youd only need to add a cooler and GPU to have an awesome value gaming rig.

I have the case box so willing to ship.

Any questions fire away!

Price and currency: 350
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Hi there,

Having switched to a gaming laptop for my secondary gaming rig, i have the bulk of my old rig for sale…

i5 4670k,
16gb 1866mhz ballistix tracer LED DDR3,
Gigabyte z97p-d3 board,
256gb EVO 850 ssd (recent rma replacement from samsung)
corsair case (recent purchase from amazon)
500W CXM corsair modular psu
4 x 120mm case fans
Windows 10 pro license tied to board.

Youd only need to add a cooler and GPU to have an awesome value gaming rig.

I have the case box so willing to ship.

Any questions fire away!

Price and currency: 350
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Cohesity converged data protection bulks up hyper-convergence

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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