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Sr. Infrastructure Specialist at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
Feb 10 2020

What is most valuable?

The indexed search is amazing! It has already proved itself useful when trying to help our end users find files that could be in any number of different locations on our NAS. We're able to find and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I would say one of the most impressive features of Cohesity is the ease of implementation. During our Proof of Concept, I had the virtual edition set up in our VMware environment, licensed, and… more»

What needs improvement?

We're still waiting for the ability to backup SharePoint Online & OneDrive but have been told it is coming soon. As we move towards a "cloud-first" implementation strategy for new solutions, these… more»

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

Cohesity is simple to install, configure, and maintain. Our old system was very complex and did not integrate well with cloud backups.

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to set up a Proof of Concept with Cohesity. They are more than accommodating and basically treat you like a licensed customer. Any issues you do encounter get fixed during a PoC, so make… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Microsoft Backup and Rubrik prior to choosing Cohesity.
Real User
Network Administration Supervisor at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Feb 01 2020

What is most valuable?

The backup features have saved us enormous amounts of time and money already. We have been able to stop buying media, stop licensing BE, stop paying for service on the physical backup server, stop… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The change has been night and day. Our backups have gotten MUCH faster and MUCH simpler. Our weekend full-backups were taking close to 48 hours to write to LTO8 tape. We are capturing a full backup… more»

What needs improvement?

There were a few things that required quick support calls in order to get to function correctly. We were told that the issues that impacted us were going to be corrected on the next release and would… more»

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

We previously used Backup Exec teamed with an IBM Tape Library for magnetic tape backups. Legacy IBM/NetApp and NETGEAR NAS devices were also replaced by Cohesity.

What other advice do I have?

We have been very happy with Cohesity and it has solved several major problems for us. At the same time, they are aggressively adding and further refining features. We are now backing up our O365… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Rubrik and StorageCraft. Rubrik seemed like a solid product but was substantially more expensive then Cohesity. They also did not do anything outside of backups. StorageCraft offers good… more»
Learn what your peers think about Cohesity DataProtect. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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Jay Stelmach
Real User
Adjunct Professor at Southern New Hampshire University
Jan 31 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the rapid VM restores and the ability to quickly find files and download them directly to my desktop so that I can put them where I need… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This product has allowed us to finally remove tapes from our environment. Prior to this, our service desk would waste two to three hours a week swapping tapes and then an… more»

What needs improvement?

The error handling could be improved. The errors shown on the GUI tend to be just what the log spits out and that can be quite confusing. The nice feature is that the logs… more»

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

With respect to pricing, make sure that you look at both Rubrik and Cohesity as they are very similar and are quite competitive.

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

We switched from a previous solution because it was unreliable and their tech support was unable to adequately fix the issues we were having.

What other advice do I have?

Cohesity's elastic search gives it a leg up on Rubrik.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Rubrik, Unitrends, Veeam, Dell, and Cohesity for this project.
Adam Badorrek
Real User
Project Manager in Strategic Resource Management at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Apr 20 2020

What is most valuable?

Reliable backup solution with many options and friendly/logical backup/restore infrastructure. The product is easy to put in place, all backups are done very quickly, and it's easy to perform restores. What I prefer in the product is its simplicity. No useless settings to define, everything is ready just after the initial setup. I also had the opportunity to deploy new nodes and upgrade the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our previous backup solution was unable to be upgraded after several engagements. I was surprised to see how well the Cohesity ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/cohesity-reviews ) appliances performed and how easy the setup was. After a couple of hours, the cluster was up, and we were able to take backup of our VMware infrastructure. After that, I tested a few backups and restores, and… more»

What needs improvement?

Volume Shadow Copies can get very large on SQL servers so be aware of this if OS says a drive has a lot of space but everything else is saying that the drive is out of space. This mostly occurs when the backup job fails, which is very uncommon. We've run into issues where network segmented computers couldn't reach back to Cohesity over 445 and that has caused restores to fail. Split large… more»
JohnBowling
Real User
IT Manager - Storage & Backup at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 08 2020

What is most valuable?

There are many features that make Cohesity stand out. A single, global federated search engine from a single, unified interface is a key standout feature. We can easily… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The Cohesity firmware upgrade process was a surprise benefit. We expected ease of setup, policy settings, single management interface, search capabilities, flexible… more»

What needs improvement?

The one area where we would like to see additional improvements is with reporting. There are very granular reports from each grid. There are also some built-in reports… more»

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

Pricing, setup costs, etc. are pretty typical. The initial cost for Cohesity was less than other products the we evaluated. Cohesity's pricing does offer benefits as DR… more»

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

We currently use several different products and are seeking to standardize on a single, simpler solution that meets our needs today as well as supports more cloud… more»

What other advice do I have?

Overall, it is an easy to use, flexible backup solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Rubrik, Avamar, NetWorker, and PowerProtect.
Roberto Sciaccaluga
Real User
Team Leader at Leonardo
Feb 03 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the cloud support. We can use it as a lift and shift solution for cloud migration. This feature is called CloudSpin. After linking a cloud… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cohesity has improved our backup architecture. Now everything is simple. Before using this solution there was a master server, media server, repository, dedupe server… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the CDP features integrated into this solution. Replication is working great, but with backup replication, you should have the option to link and RPO… more»

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

Sizing is important and it is easy to overestimate. It is difficult to understand how dedupe will work with your workload.

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

We use TSM from IBM, NetBackup from Veritas, and Veeam.

What other advice do I have?

Cohesity can replicate backups to a secondary cluster (also virtual edition).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are near a coin-flip with Rubrik. Same benefits but less power on dedupe.
Real User
User at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 14 2019

What is most valuable?

The product is easy to put in place, all backups are done very quickly, and it's easy to perform restores. What I prefer in the product is its simplicity. No useless… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I was surprised to see how well the Cohesity appliances performed and how easy the setup was. After a couple of hours, the cluster was up, and we were able to take backup… more»

What needs improvement?

Currently, the product is lacking some features like BMR and backup for the cluster, but I think these are things that would be added in a few months.

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

Pricing is fair for what the product does, compared to our previous solution, it's even cheaper. We will also save a lot of money on the support as we had a lot of issues… more»

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

The solution we had before was not very reliable, not scalable, and the security was poor.

What other advice do I have?

Cohesity offers the possibility to do a free POC, so if you have any doubt, try it, and I am sure you will see a lot of their advantages.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also checked Commvault and Rubrik. Commvault was also a very complete solution but much more difficult to put in place. Also, the lack of hyperconvergence on the… more»
Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 24 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is ease of use. Even our manager can figure it out. It sounds like a joke, but really, it is that simple. Being able to tell Cohesity where to put the data and when, and let the system find out the logistics of how… more»

How has it helped my organization?

While we're still new in the implementation, we are excited that we now have a single point of view for all of our backups. As we begin to roll out the virtual nodes to our remote locations, we're looking forward to not having to hassle… more»

What needs improvement?

There is limited support for legacy systems, which is something that could be improved.

What other advice do I have?

Officially, we do plan to implement this solution one day. We're new enough to the system, and we are excited about it enough that we are still in the 'Honeymoon' phase. With respect to legacy support, we don't have funds to stay up to date… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to choosing this solution, we evaluated Commvault and TSM.
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What is Cohesity DataProtect?

Distributed scale-out platform: Replace individual storage appliances with a web-scale platform. Ensure high-availability, pay as you grow by scaling performance and capacity linearly, and eliminate expensive forklift upgrades.

Hyperconverged nodes: Bring compute to your data instead of moving copies of data to the compute. Run secondary data workflows including data protection, test / dev and analytics directly on the Cohesity platform. Accelerate IO performance with SSD caching.

Support for backups, files and test / dev copies: Consolidate your secondary data on the Cohesity platform with support for NFS and SMB interfaces. Consolidate backups, files, and test / dev copies.

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