The Hybrid Cloud Series: Cross-Cloud Data Access and Visibility for Granular BCDR with Cohesity AWS and Azure

Today’s enterprise organizations are obligated to satisfy constant demands for secure and efficient access to information in order to remain relevant and maintain a competitive edge. The reality is that all the business critical functions of an organization rely on the use and access of information. Depending on the enterprise organization and their business, it has become almost unrealistic from a cost perspective, both CapEx, and Opex, to retain all of the data generated and required by a company locally. The demands for the use and access of data is often balanced between characteristics such as usability, compliance, and availability against cost. As a result of this balancing act, compromising decisions are made to move and relocate valuable data assets to cost-effective locations, infrastructures and public clouds platforms.

While the approach described above may potentially and temporarily solve some of the challenges related to cost, a different set of problems present themselves. In this case, data portability risks (physical or electronic), data integrity, security, loss of data visibility, increased RPOs/RTOs, just to name a few. Information is the core of any business prosperity; there should be very little to no compromises when it comes to satisfying business requirements for data access and visibility. There are also impending data compliance regulations and laws such as GDPR that carry hefty financial penalties that are applicable for not managing data according to the regulations because of lack of visibility. Moving or transporting data to places such as distant Mountains ?  may expose organization’s data to the risks I mentioned above. This applies to the use of legacy gateways and software solutions to push data to the cloud. It becomes incredibly challenging to use your data when you lose visibility to it. For example how efficient will a process be when it doesn’t know the type of data, the point in time, or the different types of data sets that may be available for processing?

Expand on this concept and apply it to a BCDR scenario where the requirements are to restore unstructured data such files, databases, media files, and not just virtual machines. The deep we go down the rabbit hole, more issues keep coming up. Enterprise organizations should be able to take advantage of the benefits provided by public clouds and modern data management solutions without compromise. They should never have to lose visibility to their data and also have the ways to efficiently and effectively manage it. Knowing where data resides at all times, accessibility, ability to catalog data remotely, and more all needs to be done and accessible electronically. In the currently growing hybrid cloud model evolution, enterprise organizations need to expand their horizons and look for modern data platforms and public and private cloud solutions that are capable of satisfying the data management business requirement of an enterprise organization.

One platform solution worth looking into is Cohesity’s DataPlatform. A solution that has predominantly recognized as a data protection and recovery product, but has proven to be much more than just backup. Through its DataPlatform native cloud integration capabilities, Cohesity’s provides enterprise organizations the ability to maintain visibility of their data and also allow organizations to catalog, inventory and download data from any of the supported data repository targets and locations where data has been stored for long-term retention or business continuity and disaster recovery purposes.With Cohesity organizations can access, retrieve, and catalog their data from any supported internal (on-premise) and external (public cloud) repositories regardless of the accessibility of the originating data source (cluster). For example, an on-premise cluster that archives data for long-term retention by replicating the data to an external cloud target (S3, Blob, NFS) and there is a need to access that archived information to validate compliance from a different site on a separate cluster as illustrated below:

In combination and integration with public clouds, the Cohesity DataPlatform allows organizations to maintain visibility of their data and enable secured access and retrieval of data from any of the available Cohesity cluster deployment models (on-premise/Virtual Edition/Cloud Edition). Accessibility also includes search, metadata/data download capabilities and optimize data egress from public clouds for selective BCDR scenarios.

The demonstration below showcases the scenario and capabilities discussed above.

I’ll say it once again, One of the most valuable assets of any business is information. As it has been said before, “data is the new oil” its time for everyone to step their game up and treat it like it is!

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The Hybrid Cloud Series: Deploying Cohesity DataPlatform CE on AWS

Enterprises organizations that are struggling to evolve and adapt the transformation to a modern data center and take advantage of benefits offered as part of the transformation such as cost-effectiveness and even more important, efficient control of their data in an increasingly hybrid cloud world. Cohesity’s DataPlatform CE is now available in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. With Cohesity’s DataPlatform CE, enterprise organizations can successfully transform their traditional private clouds into hybrid cloud infrastructures and have the ability to leverage Cohesity’s hybrid data fabric to efficiently and securely manage your secondary storage and data sprawl.

This article is a follow-up to the previously posted “The Hybrid Cloud Series: Deploying Cohesity DataPlatform CE on Microsoft Azure”. In the second installment of my Hybrid Cloud Series, I’m demonstrating the deployment of Cohesity’s DataPlatform CE on AWS. The deployment process and procedures for AWS are very similar to the experience presented for the deployments on Microsoft Azure. A There are a few exceptions to the deployment regarding some of the unique constructs and properties that apply to the AWS portal and services, but I covered them all in the demonstration below.

If interested, take a look at another article below on the topic of hybrid cloud transformation and use cases with Cohesity DataPlatform that expand beyond the traditional data protection and recovery as the primary use case:

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Unified Cross-Cloud Multi-Protocol File Services with Protection and Data Mobility for AWS & Azure

Enterprise organizations have reached the point where having efficient access to information is just as important as the location where they store it. What is the use of saving data if you can’t access it and use it effectively? Regardless of the use case, different types of application are utilized to access proprietary data. Data that is imperative to a business regardless of where the data resides. We’re at the point where enterprise organizations need access their information ubiquitously to remain competitive and successfully function and conduct business in the modern era.

Due to economic value and the laws of physics, the use public clouds has and will continue to grow and evolve beyond the use of long-term retention for information. Access, consumption, analysis, filtering, and processing are a few of the newly required capabilities demanded by business as well as new age computing models such as edge computing. New requirements do not negate the need for traditional data management requirements such as protection, preservation, mobility, etc.

The reality is that traditional data management solutions need to evolve and catch up with the business demands of the modern era. Part of the evolution revolves around technology; the other part is operational efficiencies, security, and risk-mitigating functions and capabilities. Enterprise organizations need access to their data regardless if it resides in a private cloud or a public cloud. Access and storing requirements are appropriately driven based on performance needs, economic value, regulatory compliance and, risk assessment.

Deploying and maintaining many different solutions to provide the same standard service is almost unacceptable today. Having to move data through multiple solutions exposes enterprise organization to a multitude of operational risks and inefficiencies. All which can lead to significant financial loses and potentially irreversible damage to any business. Traditionally, enterprise organizations maintain different solutions for the different types of infrastructures they consume (private cloud or public cloud). Take for instance data repositories; they tend to be different on-premise than what they are in a public cloud. This approach is due to many things related to technology-specific qualities such as architectures, protocols, storage abstractions, etc. and also operations specific attributes such as management, integration, etc.

Let’s not overlook the fact that the most significant hurdle in the enterprise which is NOT always technology, and in reality, the 800-pound gorilla is operations. Regardless of how advanced the technology may be, if it introduces complexity to the standard mode of operations, it will take longer to adopt and utilize because of the potential risks it will present. For example, why use a multitude of products to provide a common data repository resource? At the same time, a different product may be required to support the different types of infrastructures where deployed? This approach has proven to be messy, inefficient, and risky. Organizations need to evolve and move away from this mindset and begin exploring the landscape for new age products that are being designed with the advanced technology and operational capabilities to accommodate the modern business era without compromise and complexities.

Take for example Cohesity’s DataPlatform. A platform that can be deployed anywhere from data centers (core), cloud, to edge capable of providing data repositories that can span across all infrastructures. A platform capable of providing the essentials of data management ranging from data accessibility, simultaneous multi-protocol access, space efficiency, scalable architecture, mobility, and best of all API based integration with all cloud providers, and virtualization platforms.


Below is a demonstration that showcases the mixture and evolution of technology, integration, and operational capabilities for the modern and risks adverse enterprise. If anyone asks me, the above is a brief example for the way in which all enterprise products and solution should be developed and delivered to facilitate the evolution of enterprise organizations, their business and data centers and to embrace the transformation to hybrid operating infrastructures.

Find whatever product works to accomplish those necessary targeted goals and pay attention to the details and keep in mind that simple and efficient operating procedures mitigate infrastructure operating risks.

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The Hybrid Cloud Series: Deploying Cohesity DataPlatform CE on Microsoft Azure

Since the release of the DataPlatform Cloud Edition, many customers and IT professionals in the community have been asking for details of the deployment of Cohesity clusters on public cloud service providers.

Well based on the demands I had no choice but to satisfy the request and thanks to many plane rides and long hours of travel I have been able to develop several technical demonstrations showcasing everything that can be performed and achieved with Cohesity in public clouds services such as Microsoft Azure and AWS.

I am going to release all of the demonstrations and content is a series of articles that are going to focus on the consumption of public clouds consumption models and integrations that provide a possible solution for the transformation of traditional private clouds into hybrid clouds.

Be on the lookout for two four-part Hybrid Cloud technical (no marketing) webinar series that I will be delivering and publishing here.

  • Cohesity DataPlatform & Cloud Integration with Microsoft Azure
  • Cohesity DataPlatform & Cloud Integration with Amazon Web Services

For now here is a demonstration covering the simple deployment procedure of Cohesity DataPlatform CE on Microsoft Azure. I will follow up with the deployment on AWS later on. Stay tuned!

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