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Written by Roy Mikes on Monday, 24 September 2018. Posted in General

Data Protection..... And then some!

vRetreat is the type of event that brings bloggers, influencers and vendors together.

I received an invitation from Patrick Redknap who's hosting this. I had the luxury to take a look at the competition in Amsterdam where this event was held. As you can see on the t-shirt we had three vendors that day, Cohesity, Nutanix and Zerto. I am very familiar with zerto and nutanix but less, or do not say anything at all with Cohesity.

The presentation was done by Maikel Kelder, Sr. Systems Engineer Benelux for Cohesity. So what is Cohesity do? Cohesity delivers in basic web-scale simplicity for secondary data that eliminates silos and puts data to work. In times like this you must radically streamline backup and data protection, converge file and object services, quickly deliver test/dev instances, and provide analytic functions on a single, global data store. 

In a timeline Cohesity is founded in 2013 by Mohit Aro, a former Nutanix Co founder and CTO at Google. 5 years later we see Cohesity Orion 5.0 with strong improvements. Al The magic happens with software but we discussed the Cohesity C2000 series as well. So it's not just a software company. Well, to be honest, it is not all that exciting because they deliver the hardware we simply demand from suppliers today. 

The Cohesity C2000 series is a High Quality Intel Hardware appliance, High Performance, Unlimited Scale-out, Architecture designed to be tolerant of failure and all data is indexed on ingestion. They claim to compare with traditional storage which is most of the time siloed based with Forklift upgrades and data migrations when EOL and has limited scale-out of systems (cluster boundaries). I do not agree with them here, because there are many more systems with a fully distributed file system spanning all nodes. And a lot of systems are nondisruptively expand, upgrade, and remove nodes together with independently scale compute and storage. So no unique selling point here. 

They offer multiple flavors started from Edge, performance to capacity. Customers therefore have a choice, starting small with 6 TB HDD and 800 GB SSD to 176 TB HDD and 7.68 TB SSD with 32 cores cpu. The possibility to offload you protected data to the cloud is compliant with Google Nearline, Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3 & Glacier, any S3 and NFS compatible storage.

Like mentioned, magic is in the software. SpanFS - Web-Scale Distributed File System support the following features:

  • Global indexing and search Multi-tenancy with QoS
  • Sequential and random IO
  • Multicloud Automated tiering
  • Unlimited Scalability
  • Designed For Secondary Workloads
  • Strictly consistent
  • Multiprotocol (NFS / SMB / S3)
  • Global dedupe
  • SnapTree® limitless snaps & clones
  • Self healing


With a rich Ecosystem of Apps and Environments in several industries has proven to be a formidable player in the market with everything you can expect from a data protection solution today.

Completely in style as it fits Patrick we ended the day with a boat trip through the Amsterdam canals with bubbles. A good time to walk through the day and discuss with your co-colleagues what topics are discussed today.



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Roy Mikes

Roy Mikes

Roy Mikes has developed a deep knowledge of virtualization, storage and Cloud in a broad perspective over the past 18 years, but also streamlines his focus recently more and more on AI and Blockchain. Because of that knowledge and focus, Roy works as an Advisory Partner Solution Development Lead & Evangelist at Dell EMC.

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