Cohesity DataProtect Review

It has the ability to sync our latest backups to amazon web services for offsite DR

What is our primary use case?

We utilize Cohesity as our backup solution, it provides tiered backup layers of our VMware and physical environment as well as replaces tape storage for archival uses.

How has it helped my organization?

We no longer need to use tape storage, which saves us many hours of effort managing them. Additionally, we have a very responsive environment for recoveries and test/dev.

What is most valuable?

We love the near-instant recovery windows, as well as the ability to sync our latest backups to amazon web services for offsite DR.

What needs improvement?

We don't love the Exchange integration, it works fine but requires a third-party application called Kroll. We'd rather have a built-in solution to manage Exchange messages/DB level restores such as what Veeam provides.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's relatively new, but it's growing rapidly, and their support team has been excellent when we've needed them.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Excellent scalability, just add more nodes.

How are customer service and technical support?

Extremely fast response both to email and phone, very knowledgeable.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We've used multiple solutions in the past, most recently Veeam for VMware backup and doing long-term archiving to tape. We liked the built-in dedupe/compression features of Cohesity, the near-instant recovery, and the cloud archival options.

How was the initial setup?

Fairly straightforward, especially with a VAR assistance.

What about the implementation team?

VAR and a Cohesity rep.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for, and it is really an all-in-one solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

ExaGrid and sticking with Veeam.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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