The Cohesity Snapshot Management capabilities for Pure Storage adds exceptional storage infrastructure management value for organizations that are considering or using both Pure Storage as primary storage and Cohesity for secondary storage. The combination helps organizations maximize the value of their primary storage investments from a capacity and performance utilization characteristics. With the Cohesity and Pure Storage integration, organizations can benefit from the simplified and efficient enterprise management approach Cohesity provides for Pure volume snapshots management. Organizations can choose to retain snapshots on the Pure Storage arrays partially, or they can completely be offloaded onto Cohesity clusters. Regardless of the options taken, the snapshots can be deleted from the Pure array but they will remain easily accessible and can be recovered quickly when they are needed.

By offloading the snapshots onto the Cohesity clusters, organizations can stop consuming storage capacity for data protection purposes, and as a result, the available storage capacity and performance capabilities are left to be utilized by business critical applications. This approach also mitigates the risks of complete data loss in the event of primary storage failure or an event where the storage array become compromised while live (production), and protection (snapshots) reside on the same hardware.

The organic nature of the integration between the two solutions, Cohesity’s native cloud gateway capabilities as well as the replication, archival, and storage tiering features are also available for Pure protected volumes and snapshots.

Here are a few of the supported and beneficial use cases that make the Cohesity and Pure Storage solution a worthy investment:

  • Overcoming snapshot limitation on primary storage and prevent the use of capacity for snapshot purposes
  • Snapshots can be backed up and retained on a Cohesity cluster to free up space from Pure Storage arrays. The snapshots can be recovered directly from Cohesity clusters.
  • Snapshots can be replicated to a public or hybrid cloud as well as other Cohesity clusters for BCDR purposes.

Only with Cohesity organizations can protect and restore Pure volumes and snapshots onto the same protected sources or different ones. This is yet again a very flexible capability that can be utilized for test/dev, migrations, and disaster recovery scenarios.

Note that snapshots that have been manually created from the Pure UI, or programmable APIs, will remain in the systems and untouched by any of the Cohesity integrated functions. Only the Snapshots that have been created by the Cohesity integrated components will be managed based on the settings set by the systems retention policies (deleted). How can administrators tell the difference between a snapshot capture from the Pure UI or other methods and a snapshot created by Cohesity? As illustrated below Cohesity generated based snapshots follow a unique syntax that is based on a portion of the Cohesity cluster ID followed by the task ID that generated the snapshot.

This is yet again another example as to why Cohesity is not just a backup solution, but instead, an enterprise DataPlatform that is designed to integrate with other enterprise systems in a modern data center ranging from applications, virtualization, storage arrays, physical systems, and cloud.


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