Cohesity – The Epitome of Simplicity for Data Management in the Data Center

The transformation of the data center in the 21st century aligns with an axiom written by Henry David Thoreau 160 years ago. Thoreau wrote, “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”

Simplicity in data centers is of the utmost importance in the IT industry today. In our fast-paced digital world, organizations just can’t wait the 30 to 100 days it once took to implement the complex solutions once deployed to meet complex needs.  What’s needed are simple data center solutions that still meet those complex needs. “Easier said than done,” you might say.

That’s true. It’s easy for us to hypothesize about infrastructure simplicity; what to do, when to do it, and so on. The reality of simple is harder to achieve. Which is why being able to successfully achieve the simplification of complex and fragmented processes is something that is worth recognizing. After years of experience in IT industry, I’ve witnessed, and dealt with, the different levels of complexity in enterprise data centers.

When it comes to traditional data management solutions irrespective of the vendor, there are numerous independent components, workflows, hardware, etc., that are required to adequately cover this spectrum. When it comes to enterprise data centers and data management, you can take any design or building approach, but no matter how you paint the picture, it looks just like the image below.

If you have data center management operations or design experience, you have probably dealt with the complexity and challenges that are illustrated in the picture above. Rest assured; there is a way to simplify this complexity. To illustrate this, let me tell you about my experience from last week and the reason I write this article.

Last week I had the opportunity to visit to a customer who was in the midst of deploying 32 Cohesity nodes for a single cluster. Since I’m rather new to Cohesity, I had yet to perform or see a deployment of this size, so I soaked it all in. What I saw amazed me. I got to see Cohesity’s simplified deployment and configuration process at scale. This is one of the key pillars and value proposition of what Cohesity offers to organizations. To put it into perspective: It took longer to rack and cable one appliance than it took to setup, configure, and deploy the Cohesity Cluster and have it ready in minutes. All in all, it literally took under 15 minutes!

The customer and I were very impressed. For those of you that have data center experience, and who have dealt with the pain of configuring and managing a multitude of point products and solutions for data management, you understand and appreciate the point I’m trying to make here. To paraphrase Thoreau: It’s all about the simplicity, baby! To give you a little peek inside what I witnessed, I captured the setup and configuration of this environment as it was being done. Take a look at the demonstration below and witness the results for the production deployment of a 32 node Cohesity cluster.

I want to thank Pratik Chavda Cohesity’s Sales Engineer for facilitating and making the experience possible.

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Cohesity Solutions Guide for VMware

Hot off the press!!!! New Cohesity solutions guide for VMware. This guide is tailored for virtualization, storage and backup architects and administrators who are responsible for enterprise data protection of their VMware environments. The guide outlines the core architecture of Cohesity’s Data Managment platform in VMware environment. You will find details of key design recommendations and practices for successful configuration and deployments.

This guide was written with the assumption that the target audience has basic knowledge of VMware’s virtualization stack ranging from vSphere 5.5 and later. Some of the individual technologies covered in the guide include VMware ESX/ESXi, vSphere, vCenter, vSAN and Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM).

The guide provides details on key elements of system design, integration, architecture and recommended practices.

  • Cohesity & VMware Architecture and Concepts
  • VMware and Cohesity Design Considerations
  • Overview and Anatomy of Backups and Restores
  • Cohesity & VMware Recommended Practices

To learn all about the Cohesity and VMware recommended practices and configurations for Cohesity and VMware, download the guide from the link below:

Cohesity Solutions Guide for VMware

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Simple and Granular Data Protection for Microsoft SQL Server White Paper

When it comes to the protection of relational database management systems (RDBMS) such as Microsoft SQL and Oracle, the best way to protect their data and integrity is by using advanced data protection solutions that are capable of performing application-aware data backup operations to guarantee transactional consistency.

Organizations of all sizes rely on some the legacy and point solutions that are available in the market today. These solutions try to quiesce transactional activity to provide this flexibility, but in my experience (and in listening to others) this method often results in making a recovery a mess. A Database Admin doesn’t want to perform recovery operations with complex and outdated tools. They want simple tools to perform database recovery from full, differential, and transaction logs.

Check out the “Cohesity’s Simple and Granular Data Protection for Microsoft SQL Server” and see how Cohesity’s DataProtect provides the advanced capability, and necessary functions desired by DBA for the protection and recovery of Microsoft SQL Server.

This white paper covers how Cohesity’s application-aware services for Microsoft SQL Server and deep integration with DataProtect simplifies the protection and restoration operations of databases and the other highlighted topics listed below:

  • The Advantages of Using an Integrated Solution for SQL Server Protection
  • Instant Recovery
  • The Server Virtualization Layer and Physical SQL Server
  • Protecting SQL Server and SQL Server Transaction Logs

Download White Paper

Cohesity’s Simple and Granular Data Protection for Microsoft SQL Server

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Cohesity DataProtect Application Aware Services for Microsoft SQL Server

In today’s enterprise environments, many of the mission-critical applications and infrastructure services are dependent on one or many of the available relational database management systems. Regardless of the relational database management system (RDBMS) used, it is essential to protect against outages and data loss which could have significant operational and financial impact to the business.To protect against outages and data loss, organizations need to identify their requirements for data management operations by establishing and defining data accessibility and availability service levels that are adequate to their business.

It is still a common practice for organizations to schedule data management and protection operations such as backups in the range of 24-hour cycles (nightly). The reason for this is that it takes a period of 24-hours for all data management for backup operations to complete. The issue with this approach is that longer the periods in between backup operations cycles, the greater risk of potential data loss. Also, in the event a failure was to occur, any data that has been created or modified since the completion of the most recent backup operation could be potentially lost. Organizations are now faced with the challenge of having to find better solutions that transition away from the legacy products and solutions that bind them to the constraints of 24-hour backup operations cycles. Ideally, they’ll find more efficient and elegant solutions that are capable of providing continuous data protection as part of their data management capabilities. Cohesity’s DataPlatform offers an elegant solution to address these enterprise challenges. The solution is based on the deeply integrated combination of hardware and software specially designed to take advantage of the hardware’s performance and software capabilities. The result is a data management platform that provides a comprehensive and modern data protection solution for relational database management system (RDBMS).

With Cohesity’s platform capabilities, organizations can effectively transition away from nightly backup (24-hour cycles) operation routines, and onto to a continuous data protection model. From an operations perspective, organizations using the Cohesity platform will benefit from performing granular and more frequent data protection operations. By leveraging DataProtect (Cohesity’s data protection and backup software) along with their patented SnapTree technology (a snapshot mechanism used with the backup operation process), Cohesity provides infinite scalability and performance for the protection and recovery of SQL Server databases. For RDBMS, such as SQL Server, Cohesity allows organizations to overcome the challenges and risks associated with 24-hour backup cycles. SQL Server protection jobs are tied to simple policies that define the frequency with which SQL Server resources are protected. With Cohesity SQL databases can also be restored to their original source where the backup protection jobs are performed and also onto completely different SQL Servers destination if needed.

In a world where organizations are producing massive amounts of data per second, Cohesity solutions will allow these companies to protect sensitive data, streamline data management, and effectively do so at scale. For more details about Cohesity’s continuous data protection solution for SQL Server, you can visit the Cohesity Resource page and download the Simple and Granular Data Protection for Microsoft SQL Server white paper.

Take a look at Cohesity’s DataProtect Application Aware Service for Microsoft SQL Server in action in the demonstration below.

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For future updates about Cohesity, Data Management, Primary and Secondary Storage, Cloud Computing, Networking, Virtual SAN (VSAN), vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol), vSphere Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and Cloud-Native Applications (CNA), and anything in our wonderful world of technology be sure to follow me on Twitter: @PunchingClouds.

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