The evolution and transformation of the data center has begun. As enterprise organizations continue to focus on the adoption of next generation products and solutions with updated capabilities and modernized architectures, the overall goal to continuously increase business value and agility while also reducing infrastructure related expenses and doing more with less. Today’s modern data center are all about optimization that is to be achieved by software-defined solutions capable of providing elastic resources for the core pillars of the data center (compute, storage, network, automation) that are backed by a performant and robust infrastructure backbone.

A new generation of products from some of the industry leaders in their respective domains are being combined into converged solutions that are capable of providing the increased value and agility sought out by enterprise organizations for their data centers. One of the modern converged solutions today comes from Pure Storage, Cisco, and VMware and its called FlashStack. FlashStack is a flexible all-flash converged infrastructure solution that combines the latest in compute, network, storage hardware and virtualization software, into a single, integrated architecture that speeds time to deployment, lowers overall IT costs and reduces deployment and operational risks.

Currently, FlashStack is composed of primary storage provided by Pure Storage FlashArray//m, compute and network provided Cisco UCS Blade Servers, Cisco Nexus Ethernet switches and Cisco MDS fibre channel switches and virtualization technology by VMware vSphere. Both hardware and software components are combined into a single integrated solution unit that facilitates faster and repeatable infrastructure deployments.

For organizations looking to complement the FlashStack with an adequate secondary storage solution, Cohesity can be used to satisfy the secondary storage layer functions and also for data protection and recovery. The combination of all of the components of the FlashStack with Cohesity provides the most complete and modern enterprise data center solution available today. While still delivering sought out values of agility, efficiency, and cost reduction in data centers.We have created a Cohesity reference architecture that is targeted towards storage and virtualization administrators, consulting data center architects, field engineers, and desktop specialists who want to implement a next-generation data center.

We have created a Cohesity reference architecture that is targeted towards storage and virtualization administrators, consulting data center architects, field engineers, and desktop specialists who want to implement a next-generation data center. Some of the key areas covered in this reference architecture include:

  • VMware vCenter and Horizon 7 Test Environment Overview and Setup
  • FlashStack with Cohesity Integration Setup
  • Pure Storage Flash Array//m Integration, Protection and Recovery
  • VMware vCenter and Horizon Integration, Protection and Recovery
  • Physical Server Integration, Backup, and Recovery
  • Microsoft SQL Integration, Protection and Recovery in VMware Environments

This reference architecture highlights how Pure Storage and Cohesity together deliver the best of both worlds: all-Flash performance for mission-critical applications and Flash-driven consolidation of secondary storage needs, including data protection with instant recovery and an agile method for repurposing data for test/dev and file services. This also presents a clear view and demonstration of how complementary Cohesity to primary storage platforms and how it is not just a backup solution.

For more information on this topic and future developments, visit the Cohesity Resource Center. You can download the reference architecture from the link below:

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