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Cohesity. What’s in it for you?


Ok, then why don’t I share what’s in it for you? …. the IT admin, the Developer, the CxO, and the End User.

What’s in it for the Storage and Backup Admins

Cohesity empowers you with an easy to use platform that:

–      Automates the entire end-to-end data protection workflow allowing you to focus on the high productivity tasks that give value to “the business”. Don’t spend hours babysitting your backups, spend the time empowering your organization with information driven productivity.

–      Instant search and recovery of any file, folder, VM. Gone are the days of spending hours browsing, loading tapes and recovering data for the end users. From our GUI simply enter in the name of the File/VM you want to recover and where you want to recover it to. That’s it. Instant search and recovery regardless if your data is in your primary data centre, DR data centre, remote offices or the cloud.

–      I love 2am maintenance windows, said no IT Admin ever! Cohesity is an Always-On platform with non-disruptive upgrades and resiliently against hardware failures. Say good bye forever to the “2am maintenance window”. Cohesity remains online all the time making sure data is always available.

What is more important to the people in your organization, that you came in at 2am for a Saturday maintenance window to patch the IT environment or that every morning managers and business line owners receive an automated report waiting in their Inbox detailing everything they want to know about their applications and data?

What’s in in for the Developers

Using Cohesity’s no penalty instant clone functionality we empower the developers with a self-service Test/DEV-DevOps Utopia. Ask any developer what the ideal Test/DEV environment is and they will tell you production because they can test on the real thing and see the real results. Of course using your primary environment for Test/DEV is too risky but what if you had access to a mirror image of the real thing. That’s Cohesity. A powerful data platform that is a real-time copy of your production environment.

Directly on the Cohesity Cluster Developers can instantly spin up real time clones of production that enables you to test on the real thing, see the real results but with zero risk. These clones are created instantly, are fully hydrated & indexed, takes up zero storage capacity and are writable.

Imagine how powerful this can be for the developers to have a self-service, on-demand data platform where they can instantly re-create an identical copy of production for no-risk Test/DEV functionality. Gone are the days of working with old & static copies of Test/DEV. Get the real thing, get it on demand and get it penalty free. It’s a DevOps Utopia!

What’s in it for the CxO

Cohesity empowers you with the ability to know your organizations data. Get answers to:

–      What data do we have and where do I find it?

–      Is my data up to date and reliable?

–      Can I get timely information that may provide strategic competitive advantage?

–      Is my data working for the organization or laying dark and dormant?

Big Data has changed the rules on how organizations use and gain value from information. With Cohesity we give the C-Level executive a single end-to-end view of everything and the power that comes with information-injected decisions.

What’s in it for the End User

We empower you with the ability to instantly search and retrieve your data across the entire platform. Gartner states that in 2016 users spent on average 19% of their time, that’s one day out of every work week, looking for the data needed to do their daily job function. We increase user productivity by providing instant search and recovery of your data. Spend seconds and not hours looking for your data.

As well, using Cohesity’s easy to use Smart Apps puts the power of information at your fingertips identical to how you use apps on your smart phone to make life a heck of a lot easier

What’s in it for your Organization

We empower your organization with an easy to use platform that:

–      Automates data movement for your Administrators that only requires human intervention for value add tasks.

–      Create a self-serve DevOps utopia for your Developers

–       Puts instant Google search at your End Users fingertips

–      Empowers C-Level executives with deep knowledge of your organizations data

–      Increases productivity across the entire organization

–      Costs less than half of what you are paying for your current data management

The Cohesity Data Management Platform ….. there’s something in it for everyone.

Cohesity: A DevOps Utopia

Ask any Developer or IT Admin what the ideal DevOps environment is and they will probably tell you production. It makes perfect sense as they can test on the “real thing” and see the “real results” when applying changes. Obviously, the risk to your business is far to great to ever consider performing Test/DEV DevOps in PROD but what if……there existed a HyperConverged DevOps Test/DEV Data Platform that was a near real-time copy of Production where your could test on the real thing and see the real results but without any of the risks.

Lets up the ante a little. What if this same data platform also came with:

A built-in Analytic Workbench to help you automate, orchestrate and learn
Let’s you create Apps to extract the maximum potential from your DevOps environment
Is an Open platform that allows you to design and built your own custom solutions

That is Cohesity – A DevOps Utopia and a game changer. We are a hyper-converged secondary storage platform that allows your Developers and Admins to create on-demand, no penalty clones of your production for the purpose of DevOps Test/DEV.

In a previous life as a Storage Admin my responsibility every Monday was to refresh the multiple Test/DEV environments. This was a process that took over 14 hours to complete as I had to create by restoring from the weekend backups. I was also responsible for restoring these environments during the week if any data corruption occurred during the DevOps Test/DEV process. I can still see the pain on the faces of the DBA’s when I had to inform them it would take at least half a day to restore the data from the tape backups.

DevOps Test/DEV in the era of cloud computing has become a critical aspect of any organization and the demands for rapid application upgrades, troubleshooting and issue resolution but stress on the DevOps Status Quo.

Enter Cohesity. An infinite scale secondary storage platform that allows our clients to take DevOps Test/DEV to the next level. With full self service, on-demand functionality and no penalty clones of near real-time production data, Cohesity offers our clients DevOps like it has never been seen before

Let’s look at some before and after examples.

Refreshing the DevOps Environment

Before Cohesity – Restore from the weekend backup. A process that often takes hours to complete. As a result most Test/DEV environments are working with data that is out of date and refreshed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

After Cohesity – User creates an On-Demand copy of production. A process that takes less than a minute to complete regardless of the size of the environment or how many copies you are creating (ie. Instantly spin up 10 no-penalty clones of your production application and provision to 10 different DevOps environments)


Automating the Test/DEV process

Before Cohesity – Limited script based automation of Test/DEV if any automation capabilities exist at all.

After Cohesity – No longer do your Developers and Admins need to spend valuable cycles on low value tasks such as Test/DEV clone creation, versioning and refreshes. Automate the entire DevOps workflow (Clone Creation, rollback creation (versioning) and Tear Down) using the Cohesity Analytic Workbench


Learn from your Test/DEV data

Before Cohesity – Limited ability to learn from your DevOps environment outside of the specific toolsets used by each individual Developer and/or Admin

After Cohesity – Three ways to learn more with Cohesity

1. Cohesity is built on a MapReduce framework allowing the user to inject analytic queries to learn more.

2. Cohesity allows the user to create custom apps (aka: Smartphone Mobile Apps) to maximize the learning process.

3. Cohesity is an Open platform allowing the user to customize solutions to extract the maximum value of your Test/DEV data our platform.

The Status Quo is a dangerous strategy in the Era of Cloud Computing and this includes your DevOps Test/DEV environment. With Cohesity you have self-service, on-demand access of near real-time data.

The Cohesity Data Platform – It’s a DevOps Test/DEV Utopia!