vRetreat :Using Secondary Storage to Find More Value in Your Backed Up Data with Cohesity (part 1)

Up front

I was cordially invited to attend the vRetreat, at the Chelsea football club, hosted by Cohesity on February 22nd. My flights and accommodation were paid for by the vRetreat/ Red Track organisation. I received a souvenir tee shirt and a Cohesity goodie bag, and a group guided tour of Chelsea Football Ground. I have not been nor do I seek to be compensated for this blog post.

vRetreat Crew at Stamford Bridge CFC.

It was a pleasure to attend the vRetreat at Chelsea Football Club hosted by Cohesity. The vRetreat is always a good event, meeting fellow blogging professionals who are practitioners in the Industry.

Given that Cohesity were the host made it doubly exciting. I am not going to lie, I do really like Cohesity as a company. Their innovation in the Secondary Storage space is impressive, and I wrote about them before on my personal blog on how Cohesity demonstrated a Definitive compliance policy for GDPR at VMWorld

Thanks for image from @aldershotchris

Using Secondary Storage to Find More Value in Your Backed Up Data with Cohesity: Setting the scene.

The Secondary Storage space has been a much neglected area for innovation. Nobody really cared about backups until they really had to. At least until now. Using Secondary Storage to find more value in your backed up data is a new innovation. But it’s worth understanding why, and what the value is.

Organisations’ data stores are growing at an exponential rate. In addition organisations are compelled for legal requirements to keep records and meet increasing regulations . Band aid solutions of adding old storage boxes create siloed data and nightmares for storage admins.

Using Secondary Storage to Find More Value in Your Backed Up Data with Cohesity under one platform

Cohesity pitches a solution that consolidates Secondary apps and data into one cloud ready platform. They announced a lot of improvements and releases around this solution during the briefing.

What I find really innovative about Cohesity as I learn more about them is that they take the power of Compute to the Secondary Storage and apps rather than extracting and processing it which is itself prohibitive.

It seems to really improve time savings, creating efficiencies in backups and offers app development and huge opportunities for analytics, creating immense value.

At a high level Cohesity has had these recent updates:

Updated versions of DataPlatform & DataProtect
• Widening Certified Platform Options
Support for SAP HANA, Office365, Hyperflex
• OEM with HPE
Service Provider Program & Functionality

6.1 / 6.2 Cohesity Release

Enter Cohesity Helios

While other bloggers will focus on the many other powerful services of Cohesity, my interest was piqued by Cohesity Helios. Bringing Secondary Storage and apps together on a global scale in one dashboard. It’s also the reason this is a part 1 post.

Cohesity has announcements coming out this week (after the vRetreat) around business insights and analytics for untapped data. So I will have a follow up post focusing on that when I have more information. I happen to be very keen to find out more about it and what business insights Cohesity call out as the benefit.

Using Secondary Storage to Find More Value in Your Backed Up Data with SaaS

Now with that said, looking at Cohesity Helios, it’s an impressive Saas (Software as a Service) dashboard and has powerful features for better productivity and business planning.

Cohesity Helios gives customers the ability to actively manage all their clusters, including rolling out upgrades, local and global , new & updated policies, etc in one dashboard. Operational efficiency, automation and compliance in your Secondary Storage and apps is the benefit Cohesity pitches. And I consider it a powerful one.

At Amoeba Connections, we want to help businesses bridge the gap between data and business. Cohesity Helios appears to be a fantastic tool to do this in the Secondary Storage and app space, which is in this authors opinion, very innovative.

Cohesity Helios offers MultiCluster Management with a single global dashboard with active management of every cluster. There is a global actionable search and a MultiCluster upgrade feature.

Cohesity Helios also offers Smart Assist with the following features.

  • Capacity Prediction: 3 month projections to plan ahead, proactive alerting on critical capacities.
  • Disk & Node Failure Prediction: Proactive alerting 60 days ahead of potential failure and giving time to plan.
  • Visual Event Correlation: visual cues on major changes / events for faster troubleshooting.

Not only can this make the IT Managers job a lot easier for all the Backups across multiple vendors and clusters, but executive management can collate details of capacity planning, custom reporting and business insights.

Compliance appears to be made easier with Helios offering the ability to centrally mange a globally consistent service level target with global policies. It also gives a single place to look at non compliance issues, making such a headache for IT more manageable.

What is also really innovative in my opinion is that Cohesity has created an application marketplace with  native and Third party apps. The Third party apps are enabled by an SDK for partner app development.

According to Cohesity this gives you the ability with Helios to orchestrate analytics on any cluster to unlock untapped data insights.

This really grabbed my attention and as stated it’s why there will be a part 2 to this post. Cohesity could not share the specifics of this due to the pending release. I will be finding out more about this from them in due course.

Using Secondary Storage to Find More Value in Your Backed Up Data with Cohesity: Final Thoughts

But here are my thoughts in terms of Cohesity’s innovation. You can see Mohit Aron’s leadership of Cohesity played out in this. Cohesity have big ambitions and are transforming the Secondary Data & apps space. Not only are they attempting to simplify the Data Centre, and making it comparable to a cloud itself in terms of manageability, but they are also making ambitious inroads into making it seamless between the Data Centre and the Cloud.

As I stated before “Cohesity may not realise that they potentially have written the standard for achieving GDPR compliance in the Data Centre and the Cloud.” The more I learn about Cohesity’s platform the more encouraged I am that we can bridge the gap between data and business on a technological level, at least.

I do have severe reservations when it comes to Data Quality in the business world in general as it is a huge problem. (Thats for another blog) Cohesity seem to be doing their bit on the technology and software side to help solve that problem. Time will tell.

To be continued….

As well as a second part post coming soon, I am also putting some finishing touches on Amoeba Connections new podcast. The First episode will cover the vRetreat hosted by Cohesity with interviews with Stuart Gilks, SE Director of Cohesity and some of the attendees at vRetreat. So watch this space for further updates on that.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below . I look forward to hearing thoughts on this topic and whether you agree or disagree with my perspective on Cohesity.

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