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User
System Engineer at a K-12 educational company or school
Jun 05 2018

What is most valuable?

The file/folder search feature is great. I also love the ability to clone a virtual server in only minutes.

How has it helped my organization?

It has mainly given us peace of mind knowing that our backups are going to work, and we will be able to easily restore our data, if needed.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see Cohesity have the ability to do a file level restore from a Windows server, which is storing data on dynamic disk.

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

Cohesity comes with the software and storage/hardware together.

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

We used EMC NetWorker with Data Domain.

What other advice do I have?

It is a great product. I recommend it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Veeam.
Idar Stilluf Karlsen
Real User
IT Infrastructure Engineer at Sector Alarm
Apr 15 2018

What do you think of Cohesity DataProtect?

What is our primary use case?

Our company has approximately 1000 virtual servers in many different countries. SQL Secondary storage  Backup window Tapeout Easy scale out

How has it helped my organization?

A robust, verifiable backup with a restore solution, which decreases our backup and has a restore window. 

What is most valuable?

Scalability Ease of setup and use. There is the possibility to use it as something else: Secondary storage and a place to clone/test machines.

What needs improvement?

A little more documentation on standard faults would help, as new features are being released quite often. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

How is customer service and technical support?

Best customer service in the business. 

What other

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User
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a healthcare company
Feb 27 2018

What is most valuable?

The dashboard is very easy to use. It is also very easy to determine which VMs are being backed up and which ones aren't. This is helpful to make sure nothing is being missed.

How has it helped my organization?

It has allowed us to focus on other aspects in IT. No longer does it take several hours to backup a VM or troubleshoot a backup issue.

What needs improvement?

We are waiting on the AIX agent to be released. We are also waiting for SQL Clustering to go from testing to live.

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

Cohesity came in at the best price. Setup was included and done in half a day.

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

We used EMC Data Domain and NetWorker. We switched because of cost, but also because of how hard it is to use EMC products. We do not need separate VMs with Cohesity to back up.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Rubrik as well as Veeam.
Real User
System Engineer at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 21 2018

What is most valuable?

I have found that the speed of restores, especially files and folders, are extremely fast. This bodes well for us, and our end users are always amazed at how fast you can get them their files. This is just a huge time saver.

How has it helped my organization?

Cohesity has made the pain of doing restores disappear with the ability to open recovery and select files and folders, then have the ability to type in the file or document name and have it show up. This is amazing! This cuts the restore time by 75%. Cohesity also has very simple reports to help you stay in the know of which servers are being backed up or not. Cohesity has simplified backups and… more»

What needs improvement?

At times, you may click the wrong server or click too fast and accidentally restore a cluster of servers. It would be very helpful to have a cancel option under restores. I have spoken with the engineers at Cohesity and this should be rolled out with the next release.
Brian Critchlow
Real User
Systems Administrator at a media company with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 18 2018

What is most valuable?

SQL backup and recovery is our favorite feature. We use it for test and dev as well, so we can run test scripts on production data. We also like that we can use production… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Instead of four different solutions for protecting VMs, physical servers, SQL, and NAS, we now have one solution with Cohesity that is lightning fast and has amazing… more»

What needs improvement?

I can't wait for native bare metal recovery. It would also be great to add SQL Object Level restore, so user objects, tables, etc. can be restored without having to… more»

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

Licensing is per node and per protected terabyte. You will also pay 10-15% annually for support.

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

* VMware Data Protection * CrashPlan * Windows Backup * Local MSSQL backups

What other advice do I have?

If SQL is in heavy use at your location, I would highly recommend narrowing your PoC testing to Cohesity and Rubrik. They will be competitive on pricing with each other… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did extensive testing with four different competitive vendors. * Infrascale * Unitrends * Rubrik
User
Lead Storage Administrator with 10,001+ employees
Jan 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Converged system. It makes much more sense to have the backup server running on the same hardware as the storage for backup and recovery. This reduces the complexity of the environment and ensures… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Cohesity will reduce the complexity of our backup and recovery system. Our current system requires us to set up and maintain many proxy servers to facilitate the backups. Cohesity does not need this… more»

What needs improvement?

Add the ability to delete View Boxes and External Targets in the GUI. Currently, once you setup a View Box or External Target, there is no way to remove them (if you set these up for testing, for… more»

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

Setup was extremely easy from racking to backing up was about one hour.

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

Yes, we did. Cohesity out performs our old system at a reduced cost as well.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we also evaluated Rubrik.
Real User
Systemmanager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Dec 13 2017

What is most valuable?

It offers an easy, quick backup and restore of files and VMs. Also, the "Google-like " search for files is awesome. The administration of the Cohesity is easy.

How has it helped my organization?

Old backup solution: Full restore of mission critical systems took around one day. Cohesity does this process in under one hour.

What needs improvement?

Replication between two clusters should be included in the next few releases. There are many features which will be added in the next few releases.

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

Yes IBM TSM. We switched because of licence costs and the old fashioned style of making backups in the virtual environment with an agent-based tool.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Veeam and VMware VDP.
Jon McFarland
Real User
IT Systems Administrator at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Dec 12 2017

What is most valuable?

Overall, the simplicity of the solution and the support behind implementation, training, and continued support. The implementation and training are all done through the sales engineer, which provides for a seamless and great experience when it comes to starting with a new vendor.

How has it helped my organization?

We have a rapidly expanding data set that our previous backup solution could not handle and the upgrade path was a complete redesign of hardware and when that solution maxed out, then it was the same over and over again. The biggest attraction to start looking at Cohesity was being able to scale up with ease. After discussing the option and features, it was clear that Cohesity is made to handle… more»

What needs improvement?

The one drawback of this quick innovation is that their units were shipped with outdated firmware, but this was quickly remedied, and they have made operational changes to reduce the likelihood of sending outdated firmware again.
Consultant
Datacenter Management at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Dec 06 2017

What is most valuable?

The absolutely top feature is the easy and fast backup and restore of VMs. It extremely reduces the effort in daily backup and restore tasks. Leading to no more effort for administration of a complex backed up and restored infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

* Restore of a mission critical host with legacy backup solution: minimum one day. * Restore of a mission critical host with Cohesity: less than 1 hour.

What needs improvement?

Replication between two Cohesity clusters should be be improved in the next releases. Some workflows in the GUI should also be improved within next releases. Support for more vendors (databases) should also be delivered within the next releases.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Veeam Backup and Replication.
Real User
Lead Technical Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 14 2017

What do you think of Cohesity DataProtect?

What is our primary use case?

Backup target  Backup software

What is most valuable?

Instant recovery of VMs.

How has it helped my organization?

Backups are now much faster restored are much faster, which is a huge improvement over the previous platform. Simple, intuitive single pane for all backup/recovery tasks.

What needs improvement?

Application integration.

For how long have I used the solution?

Six months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, we already added additional nodes without issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

They are excellent.

Which solution did I use previously and

Vendor
Systems Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 14 2017

What do you think of Cohesity DataProtect?

What is most valuable?

The UI How easy it is to set up backups and restore data.

How has it helped my organization?

It has greatly simplified backups and recovery for our organization.

What needs improvement?

Better cluster support.

For how long have I used the solution?

Since December 2016.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No, the deployment was flawless.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has been perfect.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not done any scaling yet.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Customer support is excellent. Technical Support: Technical support for the product has been very good.

Which solution did I use

Tim Kovars
User
Sr. Systems Engineer at Quarles & Brady LLP
Oct 30 2017

What is most valuable?

* Backup/recovery * Indexing * Cloning * The space reduction for the backups.

How has it helped my organization?

* It has vastly improved our ability to save money by backing up and replicating the our backups off-site. * The ability to delete a virtual machine (VM) and restore the… more»

What needs improvement?

It should have quicker restore times.

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

It is a great deal for what you get.

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

Yes, they were outdated and bad.

What other advice do I have?

The potential to use the Tier-2 storage is great to have versus other solutions. Also, to be able to backup using a NAS device for it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, NetBackup, CommVault, and Rubrik.
User
Senior Information Technology Manager at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jun 29 2017

What do you think of Cohesity DataProtect?

What is most valuable?

Backup tasks and test development environment.

How has it helped my organization?

Speed and functionality.

What needs improvement?

Mature at a good pace.

For how long have I used the solution?

About six months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: 10 out of 10. Technical Support: 10 out of 10.

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

We were looking for a robust solution that gives us scalability and recovery.

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward.
Vendor
Director, Administrative & Residential Information Technology at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 21 2017

What do you think of Cohesity DataProtect?

What is most valuable?

SnapTree Cloud Replication File Services and Restoral

How has it helped my organization?

All production backup data is replicated daily to Azure and AzureGov for offsite DR

What needs improvement?

Multi-Tenant for single cluster

For how long have I used the solution?

6 months

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Yes, but they were very quickly resolved

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: 10 Technical Support: 10

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

Compellent with Dell Compellent and Nimble storage was way too expensive.

How was the initial setup?

Vendor
Manager of Information Services Infrastructure Team at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 21 2017

What do you think of Cohesity DataProtect?

What is most valuable?

Unified backup solution.

How has it helped my organization?

We removed multiple backup systems and replaced with Cohesity.

What needs improvement?

Faster backup and restores, reduced costs of backups.

For how long have I used the solution?

3 Months

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Few bugs in the interface but support resolved quickly.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I had hardware issues with one of the nodes before we went production but Cohesity quickly replaced it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Excellent! Technical Support: Very good

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

Real User
User at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 15 2017

What is most valuable?

* It just works. * Backup times are very fast. * The UI makes sense, it is responsive, and it is easy to setup jobs. * The ability to add nodes on the fly to increase storage needs is invaluable. * You get a product engineer to set up the appliance with you and they continue to follow-up with you… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Because of the excellent data reduction, we are able to back up all of our systems for the first time and use less space than our old backup appliance. * We always have current backups; our old system would sometimes take days to back up larger systems.

What needs improvement?

* Cannot exclude certain drives from VMs. * Cannot back up just directories. * You have to reboot physical servers after installing the backup agent BUT this is because of the CBT driver that it installs. I totally understand the need, but I figure it is worth pointing out. * Only archive options… more»

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

We used to use Unitrends and wanted to get away from the following issues: * Slow backup times * Jobs randomly failing * Poor and unresponsive UI * Forklift upgrades (space issues) Cohesity was able to resolve all of the above issues, no problem.

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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